The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adeyemi Adenike, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Adenike said that the nine corps members on Saturday August 4 involved in the accident left their places of primary assignments to hold a picnic at the accident site, adding that they drowned due to the sudden increase in water volume.
Adenike said that seven bodies had so far been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents, while the search for the remaining missing two corps members was ongoing.
“The corps members drowned as a result of the sudden increase in water volume and surge of river Mayo-Selbe near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba.
“Seven bodies have so far been recovered from the river by local divers and security agents, while the search for the remaining two missing corps members is ongoing.
“Management has, therefore, declared three-day mourning for the souls of our departed heroes; beginning from Monday, August 6.
“Our condolences are with the families at this moment,” she said.
Adenike said that during the mourning, NYSC flags would fly half-mast nationwide.
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