From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

A 60-year-old man, Mallam Danjuma, his son, Ibrahim, and a 35-year-old neighbour have all died while attempting to retrieve a mobile phone that fell into a pit latrine.

The tragic incident occurred on Sunday morning at Yar’Gwanda village in Tsanyawa Local Government Area of Kano State, according to a statement from the state’s fire service.

The statement, which was signed by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Saminu Abdullahi, said that a fourth victim, 28-year-old Abba Alasan, was rescued alive from the toilet.

According to the statement, “We received an emergency call from Tsanyawa Fire Station at about 11:00 a.m. from one Aminu Yar’gwanda, that four men had been trapped inside a pit toilet.

“We immediately sent our rescue team to the scene at about 11:15 am” the statement held.

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“Danjuma was trying to retrieve a cell phone that fell into the pit toilet when he got trapped. Thereafter, his son entered the pit toilet to save his father and also got trapped.

“Gaye and Alasan also entered to rescue both men and they also got trapped,” he said.

The spokesman disclosed that the first three victims were rescued unconscious while the fourth victim was rescued alive.

He said all the victims were handed over to one Iro Lado, a police superintendent at Tsanyawa Police Division.

He added that the police had conveyed the victims to Bichi Special Hospital for medical attention where doctors on duty confirmed three dead and one of the victims alive.