Man drowns in Bayelsa after completing NYSC
A former member of the National Youth Service Corps who just completed his national service, Mr. Ojeshola Taofeek, has drowned in Nembe River, in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday when the deceased, who hailed from Osun State, went to the Ogbolomabiri Jetty to take pictures at the waterside as part of his fond memories during his service.
A resident, Igbogi Aprebo, said Taofeek was preparing to go home after completing skill acquisition training in tailoring, which he started for self-development.
He said the deceased collected his vocational certificate in tailoring two days before the incident.
Aprebo said, “This corps member finished with the recent NYSC set this year. He bought crayfish from my neighbour in preparation for his return home. Unfortunately, he accompanied his colleagues to a waterfront.
“I learnt that he set himself at the edge of the jetty to take a photograph possibly with the aim of uploading it on Facebook or to show his people when he gets home on how he had safely ended his service in the riverine area.
“He fell into the river as the place was slippery. Indigenes rushed to the scene having heard his cry for help. They searched for him for more than 30 minutes before he was finally found.
“They applied all efforts to revive him, but he had given up the ghost. It was a painful death. The people of Opu-Nembe sympathises with the corps members of the Nembe Local Government Area and the deceased family.”
Aprebo said the Community Development Committee had always warned corps members to avoid contact with the river.
He, however, said corps members always took the warnings for granted.