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Borrow pit collapses kill 7 Almajiris, 1 hospitalised

Seven Qur’anic School pupils popularly called Almajiris studying at Malam Dan-umma Quranic School at Bayan Science, Badariya area, in Birnin Kebbi have lost their lives following the collapse of a borrow pit.

Confirming the incident to newsmen on Saturday shortly after the ugly incident at his residence inside the School premises at Badariya Bayan Science, the proprietor of the School, Malam Dan-umma said seven pupils died on the spot while one was hospitalized as a result of the collapse of the borrow pit that collapsed and buried them while collecting laterite sands.

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“Today is one the saddest days in my life. What happened was, I assigned them to go to the top of the hill near the School to excavate clay and gravel to mend holes inside their rooms against the upcoming rainy season. But before they came back, I was told a heavy chunk of the laterite hill has fallen over them ” Dan-umma sadly said.

He added by saying “I immediately rushed to the scene of the incident where I confirmed seven of them were dead and one other who survived was rushed to the hospital in Birnin Kebbi “

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Malam Dan-umma further said that corpses of the seven deceased pupils were deposited at the mortuary of Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital Birnin Kebbi before taking them to their parents for a funeral.

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A resident of the area also a Special Adviser to Governor Nasir Idris on Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Zayyanu Sanka expressed his deep sorrow over the tragedy and said the government would look into the possibility of banning the excavation of clay, soil, or gravel on top of such hills as a deliberate measure to tackle future reoccurrence of such incident.


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