2 Nov 2016

Mother, Three Children, Two Neighbours Die after Eating Amala

The incident happened in Ogaminana area of Okene in Kogi, after eating a meal made from cassava flour. The P.R.O of the Adavi LGA, Abdulhamid Salahudeen, said 3 of the victims died today at the Okene General Hospital, while the woman and two of her children had earlier died on Monday in their house.

He said that the woman died along side three of her children, two sons and a daughter He added that two male children of her neighbour that partook in the meal also died. He put the ages of the dead five children at between 9 and 15 years.

Salahudeen said that the mother had in the evening of Sunday, October 30, brought the cassava flour (white Amala) from her farmland at Ohuepe village. He said that the woman prepared a dinner from the cassava flour for the family and extended the food to her neighbour.

The officer said the victims later went to bed but developed severe stomach pain over the night which later resulted in the death of the woman and two of her children.

He said that neighbours who sensed that the sudden deaths might be due to the cassava flour dinner quickly rushed the remaining three children that partook in the eating to Okene General Hospital where they died on Tuesday.

Salaudeen said that the authority of the local government believed that the cassava flour was poisoned and had informed the police for appropriate action.

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