Kano, Nigeria – A 40-year-old man, Mu’azu Garba, has died in a soak-away pit (septic tank) at Jigirya, in Nassarawa local government area of Kano while looking for his phone.
In a statement, this was disclosed by the spokesman for Kano State Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi, on Thursday, NAN reported.
According to the issued statement, Mr. Abdullahi said the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon.
“We received an emergency call at about 1:35 p.m. from one Abbas Abubakar, that a man had been trapped inside a soakaway. The man was tryin to bring out his mobile phone that fell inside the soakaway. We immediately sent our rescue team to the scene at about 1:45 p.m,” he said.
He said the victim was, however, brought out of the septic tank already dead, and his corpse was handed over to the ward head of Jigirya, Nuhu Adamu.
Mr. Abdullahi said the victim was using his mobile phone in the toilet when it fell inside and he went to get it from the sewer but did not make it back alive.
In a related development, the service said two girls, two-year-old Fatima Lawan, and nine-year-old Khadija Lawan, who fell inside a well at Dan Gawo village in Bichi LGA of the state were rescued.
“We also received an emergency call from Bichi Fire Station on April 27, at about 5:35 p.m. from a Hisbah official on the incident, and sent our rescue team to the scene at about 5:40 p.m.,” he said.
He said both girls were handed over to their father, Malam Lawan.
Mr Abdullahi said Miss Fatima had backed her sister, Miss Khadija, and went to fetch water at the well when she slipped and fell inside with the two-year-old strapped to her back.