The personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Benue yesterday confirmed the death of three persons who got drowned in a river in the state.
The corpse of the three missing young people who went on Christmas picnic at River Buruku in Buruku Local Government Area of the state.
The deceased were among hundreds of youths who had gathered for the said picnic cum carnival despite warnings by the state government and security agencies.
The Public Relations Officer of the command in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Corps, Ejelikwu Anebi Michael, listed the names of the deceased trio as, Chiater Achir, 18, Aondoso Iorliam, 20, and Aondogu Gbir, 30.
"On Friday 24th December, 2021, at about 1020hrs, The Command got credible Intelligence about the Illegal gathering of youths in hundreds of thousands at the River Buruku for what they termed as Picnic and Carnival," he stated.
"The Benue State Government and Tiv Traditional Council have at different intervals banned this Carnival owing to its negative vices, however, Youths still went ahead with the Carnival.
"The Command on the strength of the Intelligence deployed men to the location on the 25th December, 2021 in collaboration with Sister Agencies to maintain law and order and if possible stop the Carnival from holding but the numbers of the Youths outnumbered Security Officials.
“However, on Sunday 26th December 2021, there were unsubstantiated reports of missing persons, which were confirmed on Monday 27th December 2021 after three dead bodies were recovered by a search team of divers at about 1000 hrs.”