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Father, son, drown in Kano well; as Ex-GOC says Investigations ongoing, over Police officer’s death

Written by Maritime First

A father, 60, Malam Bala and his son, Sunusi Bala, 35, died in a well at Sabon Garin Bauchi, in Wudil Local Government Area of Kano State, while draining water from it.

A statement from the spokesperson of the State Fire Service, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, said on Wednesday in Kano that the incident occurred on Tuesday morning.

He said: “We received an emergency call from Wudil fire station at about 11:30 a.m from one Isma’ila Idris that two men had been trapped inside a well.

”We immediately sent our rescue team to the scene at about 11:33 a.m.

“A father and his son were called to drain a well, they had successfully drained it.

”But, the son went back into the well to clear it when he was trapped and suffocated.

“His father went after him to rescue him when he also got trapped and suffocated due to the lack of oxygen inside the well”, Abdullahi said.

He said the victims were however brought out of the well unconscious and later confirmed dead.

Abdullahi said that their corpses were handed over to Insp Felix Gowok of Wudil model police station.

He said the cause of the incident was a lack of oxygen.

In another development, the immediate past  General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa, on Tuesday, said that investigations were still ongoing concerning a police officer,  SP Orukpe Monday, allegedly killed by some soldiers in Lagos last Thursday.

Umar disclosed this on Tuesday while handing over to the new GOC, 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Obinna Ajunwa, at the Division’s Headquarters on Victoria Island, Lagos State.

The newsmen report that on Thursday, Aug. 4, a crisis occurred between some soldiers and some policemen near Ojo in  Lagos State, leading to the death of Monday.

Musa said that preliminary investigations revealed that the police officer shot at the soldier during the altercation which clipped him in the ear but narrowly missed his vital parts.

(L-R) Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa and Maj.-Gen. Obinna Ajunwa during change of guard on Tuesday.

“The other soldiers reacted to the shot fired by the police officer and this led to their beating the policeman to death.

“We have paid a condolence visit to the Commissioner of Police to tell him that we will take necessary measures to prevent future occurrences of such nature.

“The injured soldier is in the hospital receiving treatment and investigation is ongoing to ascertain the next line of action to be taken,” he said.

It would be recalled that Inspector Monday Orukpe serving with the Lagos State Police Command died from the torture he allegedly received from soldiers who attacked him and his colleagues in the Trade Fair area of Lagos State.

Another Inspector, Igbafe Ojo, who was reportedly tortured by the same soldiers, had been hospitalised at the military hospital in  Ojo Military Cantonment, where doctors said that he was receiving treatment.

It was reported that the soldiers were on their way to attend a training programme at the Ojo Military Cantonment on Wednesday when the bus transporting them to the down encountered mild traffic around the Trade Fair area of the Lagos Badagry Expressway.

Maj.-Gen. Musa also advised the personnel of the division to give the new GOC the necessary cooperation needed so that the division could move to greater heights.

“I urge you all to be loyal, dedicated and redouble your efforts to surmount the current security challenges the country is facing.

“We are all aware of how threats are spreading all over the country and we are doing our best to ensure that we curtail all these activities.

“I assure the civilian populace that the army is doing its best to ensure that the country remains peaceful,” he said.

Musa encouraged the media to continue to give correct reportage and publicity concerning the activities of the Nigerian Army so that the bandits would know that they were being subdued.

Also speaking, the new GOC, Maj.-Gen. Ajunwa said that he would strive to identify the security gaps in the state and deploy strategies to mitigate them.



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