• Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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Tragedy in Nasarawa as sand slide buries 3 illegal miners

Tragedy struck at Unguwar Tandu village, Karu local government area of Nasarawa State, following the death of three persons who were excavating and loading sand and were buried alive in Nasarawa.

Victims who lost their lives while excavating sands and loading the tippers include Dauda Umaru, Abdullahi Ayawa and Zakari Musa. At the same time, Mohammed Nasir survived the unfortunate incident in the state.

Narrating the incident, the Deputy Chairman of the Union of Tipper and Quarry Employers, Aminu Sunusi, said three persons died. At the same time, one survived and is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

“The deceased was excavating sand to load a tipper lorry at the site in Unguwar Tandu, a few kilometres to Keffi but located in Karu local government, when the sand slid and covered them”.

“Dead bodies of the victims were later recovered after engaging the services of an excavator”.

Speaking further to our correspondent who visited the scene of the incident, Deputy Chairman of the Tipper Union and Quarry Employers Association of Nigeria, Keffi Branch, Aminu Sunusi, described the incident as tragic and unfortunate ever in the history of the mining activities in Unguwar Tandu village.

Aminu Sunusi, Deputy Chairman of the Union, said that the recovered bodies had been buried in line with Islamic rite, just as One of the workers and a relative of one of the deceased who escaped the incident expressed shock over the incident.

Mohammed Nasir, Survivor and Aruwa Maikasuwa, one of the deceased Fathers, said they were yet to recover from the tragedy that struck within their community.

“The incident threw the people at the site and the community into deep shock and mourning as we are yet to recover from what has befallen our village”.

Regarding whether a government official had visited the community or the site, an officer of the state fire service told our correspondent, on account of anonymity, that no government official had visited the community or the scene of the incident.

Getting the police or the state Ministry of Environment and Solid Mineral Resources to comment on the incident proved abortive at the time of filling this report.