This is not the best of time for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

The NYSC lost 9 corps members in Taraba State on Saturday.

The nine corps members were said to have left their places of primary assignments to hold a picnic at at the Mayo-Selbe river near the Gashaka falls in Gashaka Local Government Area of the State but drowned due to the sudden increase in water volume.

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The NYSC is mourning the loss and has now declared three days of mourning for the victims.

The NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adeyemi Adenike, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

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 entire NYSC family is shocked and saddened by the cruel twist of fate that befell our corps members.

“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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