Lafia, Nigeria: The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Nasarawa State, Nigeria has said that two members of the service, identified as Oguntola Babatunde and Danjuma Salihu, drowned in a river in Assakio community, Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
Hajiya Zainab Isah, the NYSC Coordinator in the state made this disclosure to newsmen in Lafia on Tuesday.
Hajiya Zainab Isahsaid that Oguntola Babatunde and Danjuma Salihu went to the river in the evening of Oct. 8 to swim but drowned, following which an Assistant Commissioner of Police informed the service about the incident.
“It is very sad but I know God will grant them eternal rest and grant all of us, including their families, the fortitude to bear the loss. I can only say that we are bereaved but God knows better,” she said.
She called on other corps members to be very careful and always obey the rules of their host communities.
“What I heard from a very reliable source was that some farmers had drowned in that river some years back.
“So when corps members enter a community, they should ask questions and watch their steps,” she said.
Isah added that the bodies of the deceased had since been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia, according to state media.