Onitsha North Local Government
01. THREE BOREHOLE DRILLERS FEARED DEAD AT 3.3 ONITSHA. Tragedy struck at the Federal Housing Estate Trans-Nkisi Layout recently when a borehore drilling professional who was hired to maintain a borehole facility in a completed storey building in the estate got trapped under the ground and died.
It was gathered that immediately a colleague went down to rescue him, he also became a victim in the process.
Our correspondent reports that the men of Anambra State Fire Service, Okpoko station were immediately called in on a rescue mission at the estate, near St. Augustine’s Anglican Church 3.3 by the Commander, Area Police Division, Onitsha.
The firemen who quickly responded to the call got to the venue where they saw a group of people clustered in amazement. As they were about to throw in their rescuing line, a man who claimed to be the head of the rescue job in that area and also a borehole driller hastened to the place and narrated his ordeal while trying to rescue the two dead people.
According to the man who prefers to remain anonymous, “when I found out that the two men were dead under the ground, I went down with a rescue apparatus because I have been doing that kind of thing successfully, on reaching there, something which I did not see started hitting my whole body indiscriminately with a big and painful object, I saw the two dead men lying lifeless, I quickly started giving sign to the people on the plain ground to take the rope upwards so that I will not be beaten to death.
The man said he came out of the well with his body badly battered and blood gushing out from his body.
The firemen were still contemplating what next to do to help the situation, when a young hausa boy appeared and boasted that they should keep a sum of hundred thousand naira for him that he would get inside the hole and bring out the dead, he went down the rescue line and in a moment, the hausa boy started giving a sign of danger, in the process of taking the line up by the people, the rescue line cut off from the boy and he fell to the bottom of the pit and died.
The firemen who experienced how the last victim died decided to go back to seek reinforcement for the rescue job. The people around were still surprised about the bad omen. Some said it was the handiwork of an angry evil spirit that was behind the tragedy, while others said they could not understand the mystery.
At the time of filing this report, the management of Anambra State Fire Service is still concluding plans with the Police on how to tackle the problem.
Ekwughe Gladys Obianuju
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