Two brothers identified as Musa Abdullahi and Rabiu Abdullahi, aged 27 and 17 respectively, have died after falling into a soakaway pit in Kano.
Public Relations Officer for Kano State Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi, who confirmed the incident which occurred on Saturday, January 21, said the agency received a distress call about a toilet digger who was trapped in a pit toilet while draining it.
Upon arriving the scene of the incident at Sabon Gari Market, Layin Abacha, Fagge Local Government Area, officials of the agency discovered that two biological brothers were working in a public convenience pit toilet and got trapped in a wide deep soak-away while draining the chamber.
He said; “On Saturday, January 21, 2023, the state Fire Service control room received an emergency call at about 20:41 hrs from Na Musa Abdullahi sir Muhammad.
“When our men arrived at the scene, at about 20:47hrs, they discovered that two biological brothers were working in a public convenience pit toilet and were discovered trapped in a wide deep soak-away while draining the soak-away chamber.
“In the process, Musa Abdullahi, about 27 years old, was trapped inside, while his partner and brother, Abdullahi Rabiu, about 17 years old, made attempts to rescue his brother but he too, like his brother was unfortunately trapped in the soak-away inner chamber.”
Fire fighters swung into action snd after a while, brought out the brothers but they were already unconscious. They were then rushed to the Murtala Mohammed Specialist hospital, where on arrival, the Doctors on-call duty at the Emergency ward, pronounced both brothers dead.
The remains of both victims have been handed over to one Inspector Abubakar Alhassan of Sabon Gari Police Division to trace and hand over to their immediate family.
The cause of the incident has been blamed on high temperature and lack of oxygen inside the soakaway pit.