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Six family members die after eating ‘Amala’

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin-The animosity between two families over land dispute in Nimgurumi town in Baruten  local government area of the state  has  led to the death of six out of the ten members of a family after consuming bowls of cassava flour popularly called  ‘Amala‘ suspected to have been poisoned by the  rival family on Monday night

The other four members of the family were however said to be responding to treatment at  an undisclosed  hospital in the area.

The mother of the victims according to Vanguard findings was said to have been  spreading  the cassava flour on the bare floor  in the process of drying it to make it suitable for pounding but unknown to her that it has  been allegedly poisoned in the process of drying it before it was consumed Monday night.

Vanguard learnt that tragedy struck in the night after the family have consumed bowls the prepared  ”Amala” for dinner and  they  started developing  stomach complications one after the other and died before they could be rushed to the hospital for attention.

Commissioner for Health Mrs Ayinke Saka while briefing journalists yesterday over the development confirmed that the feud between the two families over land might have led to the  suspected cassava flour  poisoning.

Ayinke said the incident has been reported at the state police headquarters for  investigations.

She however warned residents in the state to desisit from exposing their food items so as to discourage this kind of untoward development.

When  contacted, the state police command  through  its  spokesman  , Mr. Dabo Ezekiel  confirmed the incident  and  assured  that the detail report on the incident will will be made  available to the public by the command.


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