A young man, who completed the National Youth Service Corps programme on April 12, drowned in Nembe River, in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State last Saturday.
It was gathered that the deceased, Ojeshola Taofeek Oluwaseun, who hailed from Osun State, had gone to the Ogbolomabiri Jetty to take pictures at the waterside.
According to a resident, Taofeek was preparing to return 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.
“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,” said the resident.
“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.”