ATABOR JULIUS, LOKOJA.
Four well diggers believed to be HND graduates met their untimely death on Monday when local borehole they were digging caved in and buried them alive. The incident occurred in kabba, headquarters of kabba/ bunu local government area of the state.
The deceased were David, Sunday, as Ayo and Ogbekedo who were sibllings died in the ugly incident. An eye witness account stated that tragedy occurred at zango quarters kabba where a primary school mistress, Mrs Agnes Baiyere had contracted the deceased to dig a well in the front of her newly built four bedroom apartments.
The woman, a teacher with St Mary primary school, kabba was said to have earlier contracted one of the deceased named David who then invited other of his colleagues to dig the well. The 25 feet well which was being dug for about a week was said to have been completed with all the finishings done as the well cover had been put in place and the outer part of the well plastered when two of them went back on Monday evening at about 6 pm to evacuate some broken blocks that fell into the well.
However, when one of them entered into the well he was said to have complained of dizziness which led to the other persons quickly coming to the aid of his friend, but the two were mysteriously trapped into the well and could not come out.
As the news filtered round, the two other workers were
said to have immediately raced to the well to rescue their colleagues, but
they were also trapped and could not come out.
As the land lady and tenants began to cry, it drew the
attention of sympathisers to the scene who at this point became so much afraid
as rumour of ‘mammy water or river goddess ‘ rent the air. Staff of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, kabba office were
said to have been contacted who raced to the scene with their ladder with
which the remains of the four deceased persons were evacuated.
The eye witness added that as they were being evacuated
to the general hospital kabba, one of the deceased opened his eyes after a
certain pastor offered intensive prayers but he gave up as they were stepping
into the hospital.
A woman described one of the deceased which he identified as David, and a member of her church as very gentle and hard-working. She said David and his colleagues used this vocation to train themselves up to HND level, and David just got married after completing his NYSC last year. He was said to have attended the new month service in his church that day.
Meanwhile, the land lady of the house was said to have collapsed on sighting the evacuated corpses and has since been rushed to the hospital where she is now receiving treatment. The remains of the deceased whose ages ranged from 30- 35 years have been deposited at the mortuary of the general hospital kabba for autopsy.