The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed eight persons dead in an underground water safety tank.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Police, SP, Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement on Tuesday disclosed that the incident took place at a building site located at Igogoro in Igboeze North Local Government Area of the state on Monday, July 22, 2019.

“A yet-to-be-identified worker in the site had on that fateful day gone to evacuate water from the said tank but in the process got trapped inside it.

“After waiting for the victim to come out but didn’t, other victims started going into the said tank to offer help but were also trapped inside and became unconscious,” Amaraizu said.

He said the victims were later recovered by other sympathizers and police operatives “who raced to the scene and rushed them to General Hospital Ogurute where the doctor on duty confirmed them dead.”

The PPRO said that the State Police Commissioner Suleiman Balarabe, who expressed shock at the incident has directed for a full- scale investigation into the incident to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.