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Jigawa man buried alive in landslide

Mr Shehu said the incident occurred at about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Majiya town, while the deceased was evacuating sand in a burrow pit.

• September 14, 2022
Jigawa landslide
Jigawa landslide used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: Punch Newspaper]

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa on Wednesday said a 28-year-old man, Umar Sale, was killed in a landslide in the Taura Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesperson of the NSCDC in Jigawa, Adamu Shehu, confirmed the incident to the journalists in Dutse, the state capital.

Mr Shehu said the incident occurred at about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Majiya town, while the deceased was evacuating sand in a burrow pit.

He added that the victim, a father of three, was digging the sand from the pit burrow to refurbish his mud house, partly destroyed by a heavy downpour, when the sand above slid and buried him alive.

“The victim’s first cry for help was heard by some people farming around the area who rushed to his rescue.

“Unfortunately, he died on the spot because of the weight of the sand and his inability to breathe.

“His body was recovered and thereafter released to his family for proper burial,” he said.

The spokesman further advised residents of the area to desist from digging sand at the scene, noting that an investigation revealed the incident was not the first to occur in the same pit burrow.

“Investigation revealed that there were recorded similar cases, as such, residents of the community are advised in their best interest to refrain from extracting or digging sand from the ditch,” the spokesperson added. 


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