Tragedy struck at Owode Ede in Ede North Local Government Area of Osun State, South-West Nigeria, as a pastor and two bricklayers died on Friday in a well in the community.
The trio met their tragic ends after one of the bricklayers reportedly went into the well to remove the well’s water scoop that fell into it.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the victims died after one of the bricklayers, who are siblings, attempted to remove the water drawer and the others went in turns to rescue him.
Spokesperson of the Osun Fire Service, Mr. Adekunle Ibrahim, told NAN that the incident occurred at about 10.00 AM on Friday.
“The incident happened at Alaro Onigbin community in Owode Ede, Ede North Local Government Area of Osun.
“The bricklayers, Lateef Adediran, 22 and Waliu Adediran, 31, were engaged by one Pastor Adebayo Oluwasina, 46, to help him raise the fence around two blocks of classrooms in his school.
“As they were working, the water fetcher used to get water from the well within the premises fell into it and the younger Adediran went into recover it.
“He however, got trapped inside the deep well due to the presence of the ammonia gas at its bottom.
“The elder Adediran, in an effort to rescue his brother, equally went into the well and he got trapped too,” Ibrahim narrated.
He said that when the pastor that engaged the bricklayer got to know about what happened to the duo, he “erroneously” went into the well to try and get them out but got trapped too in the process.
“It was at this juncture that they alerted the Service,” Ibrahim said.
The remains of the deceased, according to him, were recovered with the support of personnel of the Federal Fire Service and the Police ‘A’ Division Ede, as some good Samaritans.
Ibrahim said that the deceased were certified dead when they were taken to the hospital by the officers of the Osun Ambulance Service and their corpses were later handed over to their various families.
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