Sand Excavation: Kano Fire Service Confirms Death Of Five Miners

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 to Newsmen by the Public Relations Officer of the fire service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, on yesterday  in Kano 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 11:05a.m. and help in idenfying the victims”  Abdullahi said in the Statement.
He gave the names of the victims as Alhassan Abdulhamid, 22,  Jafaru Abdulwahabu, 30, Jibrin Musa, 30, Masaudu Nasiru, 25, Muhammad Sulaiman, 35.
“The victims were trapped while working in a puddle trench to get sand with the intention to help their friend who was about to get married  build a house.  Part of the sand collapsed and covered them and they died subsequently,“ Abdullahi said in the statement.
He said that the recovered bodies were handed over to the Police and the village head of Yanlami.
Many sympathisers were seen trooping to the houses of the victims to show their concerned at the time of filing in this report.
By ABDULLAHI RABIU, Kano