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NYSC member drowns in Bauchi one week to passing out

Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)<br />. PHOTO: NAN

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Joseph Adebayo, has been confirmed dead after drowning in Bauchi State.

The state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Kamal Datti Abubakar, said he died on Thursday evening.

Adebayo, an indigene of Ogun State, who graduated from the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, was billed to pass out from the scheme next week Thursday.

An NYSC Zonal Inspectors, Mahadi Habila Sada, said: “Some corps members attached to Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue went on picnic at Gubi Dam, about 20 kilometres away from the state capital to celebrate the end of their service year.

“Three of the corps members entered into a canoe, unfortunately, the canoe was faulty, so water drifted into the canoe and capsised.”

Abubakar, however, explained that two of the corps members were rescued by the villagers fishing in the dam, while Adebayo drowned and eventually died.

He added that the deceased body was recovered yesterday at 8am at the dam and has been deposited at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital mortuary for medical examination.

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