The Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) has confirmed the tragic death of a man who was trapped in an underground tunnel for five days in the Onipan area of the state.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Permanent Secretary of LASEMA, affirmed this development in a statement provided to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.

He stated that despite five days of relentless efforts by rescue teams, the victim was sadly found lifeless in the evening of Friday.

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“After five days of painstaking, tedious, and energy-sapping operations, the team remained determined and focused on the rescue operation. At about 5:53 p.m. on Friday, May 10, the victim was recovered dead from the underground drainage and tunnel. The recovered body was immediately bagged by the agency’s officials and handed over to LAMATA Drain Ducks,” he said.

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According to reports, the distress call regarding the trapped worker, identified as Mr. Tajudeen Amololo, 59, came from residents and bystanders at Onipanu Bus Stop. Amololo was employed by LAMATA and had become trapped while attempting to clear a blocked section of the underground drainage system to facilitate the flow of water.