A 42-YEAR-OLD livestock
farmer, Segun Onagunwa
has drowned inside a
well on his farm on Joe
Arubiewe Street, Mosan, in
the Egbeda area of Lagos.
His body was recovered
from the well by the Lagos
State Fire Service and handed
over to policemen from the
Gowon Estate Police Division.
This is just as another
middle-aged man, identified
only as Hassan, was brought
out dead from a well,
which he was working on
in the Iju area of the state.
It was gathered that
Onagunwa, who also had
poultry on the farm, had gone
to the place with his son on
Thursday to feed his chickens,
goats and other animals.
One of the goats reportedly
broke loose from its tether
and fell into the well and in
an attempt to rescue the goat,
he was said to have used a
ladder to get into the well.
An emergency official said
that Onagunwa drowned in
the process, adding that his child
could not open the gate of the farm
to alert people to the incident.
“He locked the gate from
inside and the boy was unable
to open the gate. His hand
could not reach where the gate
was locked. He was crying. It
was his mother that eventually
came when it was getting late.
“She had called him, but his
line rang out. She raised the
alarm on getting to the farm in
the evening and we were called
to the scene. The man had
spent a few hours in the well.
Unfortunately, he was
recovered dead. We had to
remove a lot of water before
we could locate his corpse
in the well,” the source said.
It was gathered that the
goat was also recovered dead.
On the Iju incident, the source
stated that Hassan’s legs slipped
while digging the well and he
died from toxic substance he
reportedly inhaled in the well.
“His corpse was handed
over to the police from the
Iju division,” he added.
The Director, Lagos State
Fire Service, Rasaq Fadipe,
confirmed the two incidents,
adding that firefighters from
Alausa and Ikeja stations
responded to the tragedies.
He said, “A labourer was trying
to work on a well. His leg slipped
and he fell into the well. He must
have died from the ammonia he
inhaled. He was brought out dead.
“The other victim (Onagunwa)
had a farm in Mosan, which he
visited occasionally. He reared
animals and had poultry on
the farm. A goat accidentally
fell into a well on the farm
and he went therein to rescue
it. He couldn’t rescue the
animal; he lost his life as well.”
The Lagos State Police
Public Relations Officer, ASP
Olarinde Famous-Cole, also
confirmed Onagunwa’s death.
“It (Onagunwa’s death)
was a case of sudden and
unnatural death. The corpse
has been removed and
deposited at the Mainland
General Hospital Mortuary,
Yaba, for autopsy,” he added.

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