Falling into the well has become another dangerous death route for young people in Nigeria especially as there are many wells in the country which is one of the easiest sources of water supply.
Meanwhile, in recent time, there have been cases of young people losing their lives by getting drowned in a well by accident.
Tragedy befell a family in Kano on Friday when their seven year-old boy, Khalid Bello, fell into a well and died. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred at Sharada Je’an Yamma area in Kano.
Spokesman of Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, NAN that the incident occurred at about 9:25 a.m. Mohammed said: “We received a distress call in the early hours of today (Friday) from one Kabiru Yahaya, at about 9:25 am, that a boy had fallen into a well.
“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at about 9:35 am. “The cause of the incident is still under investigation to know what happened. “Bello was found dead and his corpse was later handed over to the Ward Head of Je’an Yamma, Alhaji Ya’u Wakili.’’
In a related case, a nine-year-old girl identified as Hassana Aliyu of Kasarau Yamma quarters in Dutse, Jigawa, lost her life after falling into a well. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN), in Dutse on Friday, the Director, Jigawa State Fire Directorate, Alhaji Ahmed Danyaro, said the incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Danyaro said: ”Nobody can ascertain how the deceased fell into the well as we just received a distress call that she has fallen into the well in their home. On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team which rescued her unconscious and later confirmed her dead at the hospital.”
He said that the deceased’s corpse had since been handed over to her parents for burial.
Speaking further, the director urged parents who have wells in their homes to raise their height and provide covers for them to protect their children.
According to him, the agency will continue to sensitize the public on how best to use wells at homes.
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