Ibadan - Two artisans, a bricklayer and vulcaniser, on Wednesday lost their lives in the process of evacuating a septic tank at Oremeji area, Mokola, Ibadan.
The two men fell into the septic tank and died before help could get to them.
An eye witness, Akamo Oladimeji, who identified the victims as Wasiu and Solomon respectively, said that they were invited by the residents of the house to evacuate their septic tank.
Oladimeji said one of the deceased was trying to pour some chemicals into the soak-away before evacuation when he fell inside.
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"While trying to rescue him, the second man fell inside as well.
"There was a third person with them but he escaped death because he had gone in search of a pumping machine they needed for the evacuation.”
Oladimeji said that the victims were not experts in evacuating septic tanks, but they decided to do the job to earn extra money.
DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, Police spokesperson, Oyo state Police command, who confirmed the incident, said that policemen were immediately dispatched to the scene of the incident when it was reported.