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Viral Photos Of Corpers Taking Selfie At Taraba River Before Drowning

New photos that showed the very sad moments some members of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC who went on a picnic at a river in Mayo-Sebri village in Gashaka Local Government Council of Taraba state, before drowning moments later while taking a selfie at the venue has surfaced online.

Recall that nine out of the 23 corps members, that went for a picnic on that fateful day drowned, while seven bodies were recovered the following day and two other bodies recovered some days after.

One of the survivors, a male corps member, while narrating the tragedy and how he survived said:

“We went for picnic, 23 of us. We went to a waterfall. That was the first place.

“After taking pictures, we went to another side where there are beautiful rocks with clean water flowing under them. The water was very low though. After taking pictures there, eating and drinking, we were about leaving when someone just shouted seeoooh.

“When we turned, we saw very dirty water coming with so much force and speed, the kind of speed I have never seen in my life, coming from a distance of about 100 metres. We were almost leaving the place but within seconds, the water got to our position. I don’t know how I jumped out.”

According to a resident of Mayo Selbe, Idris Musa, one to two persons lose their lives in the river every year, and this gave rise to the nickname Kogin Mutuwa meaning ‘River of Death’.

“The water rushes down with great force and speed once it rains up here,” he said and added that numerous tragedies have been recorded over the years, but were not reported.

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