By Kolade Adeyemi, Kano
Five sand diggers died on Thursday when they were trapped in a heap of sand in Dauni village, Minjibir Local Government of Kano.
A four-year-old boy Ibrahim Shuaibu was however rescued from the heap of sand.
The incident happened at about 2.45 pm at Ramin farar Kasa in the village when they were digging sand used for make-up powder to be sold for economic gains.
Six other sand diggers were rescued from the debris.
When contacted, Kano State Fire Service spokesman, Mallam Mohammed, confirmed the incident.
He said: “We received a distress call on Thursday afternoon from Dauni village through one Malam Danlami Murtala at about 02:45 pm that a heap of sand has trapped six people, who were digging sand.
“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our firemen and a fire engine to the scene of the incident. We made frantic efforts to rescue the victims but we were only able to successfully rescue the little boy of about four years old, who was found alive,” .
He identified the deceased as Dije Shu’aibu, 8; Hadiza Shu’aibu, 12; Nana Idris, 12; Wasila Nuhu, 13 and Sa’ida Lawwali, 32.
The PRO said bodies of the victims were handed over to the village head of Dauni, Alhaji Bello Rabi’u, adding that the only survivor had a minor fracture.