Tragedy struck at 1, Henrick Drive, Federal Housing Estate, Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday when the remains of three young men were removed from a well which caved in while they were digging it in the evening of previous day.
Eye witnesses said two of the deceased simply identified as James and Papa, were unskilled men from Akwa Ibom who were engaged to dig the well by a contractor when the well caved.
The other, of northern extraction, who volunteered to bring the two out for a fee of N100,000 but got stuck and could not come out.
Daily Independent reports that initially, only one person was stuck in the well and had enjoined his companion to help him out.
The contractor, desperate to rescue the victims was said to have agreed to pay the Hausa man the N100,000 he demanded, but unfortunately, immediately the third person got into the well, he also did not come out.
The residents thereafter raised the alarm but not much could be done as it was already late.
When journalists visited the scene, the men of Nigeria Police 33 Division, led by the Divisional Crime of Officer, Philomena Mba, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), who were joined by members of the local vigilantes, as well as men of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, led by its Vice Chairman, Prof. Peter Katchy, were seen controlling the crowd and ensuring security before the Red Cross Ambulance convey the corpses to hospital amidst wailing by sympathisers.
Addressing newsmen at the scene of the incident, the borehole drilling contractors and brothers to two the first two victims, Amos ThankGod and Bassey Etim Efiong, expressed surprise at the incident, which they described as a strange.
Both men said they suspect foul play in the strange occurrence.
Also commenting, Igwe Chike Samuel, who represented Governor Willie Obiano’s Senior Assistant on Security matters, described the incident as tragic, expressed sympathy on behalf of the state government, while urging people to hire professionals who use certified system of digging boreholes, to avoid such ugly occurrence.