A 26-year-old National Youth Service Corps member, Joseph Adebayo, on Thursday, drowned in Gubi Dam, Bauchi State, while on a picnic with other NYSC members to celebrate the end of his service year.
Two other corps members, who had accompanied the victim in a canoe, were said to have narrowly escaped death when the vessel capsized and some fishermen rescued them.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Kamal Abubabakar, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday night. He said, “On October 11, 2018, around 2030hrs, the command received a report from one Mahadi Habila Sada, the zonal inspector of NYSC, that on the same date at about 1700hrs, some corps members attached to the Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue went on a picnic to Gubi Dam to celebrate the end of their service year.
“Three of the corps members entered into a canoe but unfortunately the canoe was faulty, so water drifted into the canoe and ‘capsized’ it.
“However, two of the corps members were rescued by the villagers fishing in the dam, while one Joseph Adebayo, aged 26, who hailed from Ogun State, drowned and eventually died.”
Abubabakar said the corpse was recovered on Friday around 8am and was deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital mortuary for medical examination.
According to him, investigation has begun into the accident.