5 die under heap of sand in Kano

Corpses of a family of eight and a visitor slaughtered this morning near Jos, the Plateau State capital.


By Bosede Olufunmi

Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of five people trapped under a heap of sand at Yanlami Village in the Bichi Local Government Area.

A statement issued on Sunday, to newsmen by the Public Relations Officer of the fire service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, said the tragic incident occurred on Saturday morning.

“We received a distress call from Bichi Fire Station that puddle trench has covered five people. We sent our rescue team to the scene at about 11:05 a.m.,’’ Abdullahi said in the statement.

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He gave the names of the victims as Alasan Abdulhamid, 22, Jafaru Abdulwahabu, 30, Jibrin Musa, 30, Masaudu Nasiru, 25, Muhammad Sulaiman, 35.

“They were trapped while working in a puddle trench to get sand with the intention to help their friend who was about to marry build a house. Part of the sand collapsed and covered them and they died.

Abdullahi explained that the recovered bodies were handed over to the police and the village head of Yanlami.


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