The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Jigawa State Command, has confirmed the death of three young girls while bathing inside a pond at Faskarau village in Kaugama Local Government Area of the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Adamu Shehu, confirmed the incident in a statement in Dutse on Monday.
He identified the victims as Maryam Salisu, 10, Bahayura Lawan,10 and Lawisa Sule, 8.
“The hapless incident occurred today, Monday, 5th day of September, 2022 at about 1100hrs when the three girls went to a nearby pond about three hundred meters away from the village to wash their clothes.”
“The NSCDC Divisional Officer, Kaugama LGA confirmed that they received a distress call at around 1110hrs and rushed to the scene with the Divisional disaster management officers for a rescue mission. And together with the people of the community,
“They were able to recover the bodies of the three young girls after about 30 minutes of search and rescue mission.”
He pointed out that immediately the bodies were recovered, they were rushed to the General Hospital Kaugama, where they were certified dead.
According to the PRO, investigation later revealed that the girls after washing their clothes, decided to take a bath at the pond which eventually led to their death.
He added that it was also gathered that about twenty years ago, similar incident occurred with three girls losing their lives to the pond.
He noted that the remains of the girls were handed over to their respective parents and had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
While commiserating with the deceased families, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Musa Mala commiserated with enjoined parents to look after their wards especially at this moment where ponds and rivers are flooded.