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LAGOS: Trapped drainage worker found dead after five-day search, rescue operation

AFTER a five-day search, rescuers in Lagos State discovered Tajudeen Amololo, a drainage worker, dead.

The man became caught in an underground tunnel at the Onipanu Bus Stop in Fadeyi in Lagos while desilting the drainage.

On Monday, May 6, 2024, at about 3:23pm, LASEMA received a distress report from neighbours and bystanders at the Onipanu Bus Stop in Onipanu concerning a drain duck worker working for LAMATA who became trapped in the underground drainage/tunnel.

This caused the Agency’s Response Team to deploy immediately to the incident site.

While rescue organisations had initiated a search and rescue operation since then, the drainage worker was discovered dead five days later.

“After five days of painstaking, tedious, and energy-sapping operation, the team remained determined on focused on the rescue operation. At about 5:53 pm on Friday 10th May 2024 the victim was recovered dead from the underground drainage/tunnel,” the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu said in an update.

“The recovered body was immediately bagged by the Agency’s officials and handed over to LAMATA Drain Ducks.”

Following the incident, LASEMA stated that “adequate safety measures should be entrenched in the operations of the drain ducks.”

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