Tragedy struck Monday as three able-bodied men met their death at a bore hole site at Housing Estate, 33, Onitsha.
According to reports, two of the men hailed from Akwa Ibom State and were aged between thirty and thirty-four, while the third hailed from Plateau State. The three were trapped in the borehole system.
According to a report, the drilling of the borehole has been ongoing for the past three months before the incident occurred. It was gathered that one of the victims was trapped in there around ten o’clock in morning, while the second person who also went in to rescue him could not make it either.
It was gathered that one of the victims was trapped in there around ten o’clock in morning, while the second person who also went in to rescue him could not make it either. Frantic efforts were made to rescue them all to no avail. Mr. Effiong Jacob who disclosed that one of the victims was married with six children expressed surprise at the incident.
Another contractor operating in the area also from Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Emos Thankgod, who said he had been at the scene of the incident since yesterday, attributed it to an underground heat, while another contractor Mr. Bassey Etim Effiong, who gave the name of one of the victims as James said he has not experienced that kind of incident before, saying that he suspected that something strange must have happened.
Meanwhile, means of evacuating the victims were sought as various incantations’ prayers with rituals were made before the lifeless body of one of the victims was evacuated from the borehole.