A 60-year-old man, Malam Danjuma, popularly known as “Black”, his son, Ibrahim, 35, and Aminu Gaye, also 35, died in a pit toilet while trying to recover a cellphone.

Saminu Abdullahi, Kano State Fire Service Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident on Sunday.

He said the service received an emergency call from Tsanyawa Fire Station at about 11:00 a.m. that four men had been trapped inside a pit toilet.

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According to him, Danjuma was trying to retrieve a cellphone 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.

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

Abdullahi said the first three victims were rescued unconscious, while the fourth victim was rescued alive.

He said all the victims were handed over to Superintendent of Police Iro Lado, at Tsanyawa police division.

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Abdullahi, further stated that the police conveyed the victims to Bichi Special Hospital for medical attention where doctors on duty confirmed the three dead and one still alive.