By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin-The animosity between two families over land dispute in Nimgurumi town in BarutenÂ local government area of the stateÂ hasÂ led to the death of six out of the ten members of a family after consuming bowls of cassava flour popularly calledÂ ‘Amala‘ suspected to have been poisoned by theÂ rival family on Monday night
The other four members of the family were however said to be responding to treatment atÂ an undisclosedÂ hospital in the area.
The mother of the victims according to Vanguard findings was said to have beenÂ spreadingÂ the cassava flour on the bare floorÂ in the process of drying it to make it suitable for pounding but unknown to her that it hasÂ 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 preparedÂ ”Amala” for dinner andÂ theyÂ started developingÂ 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 theÂ suspected cassava flourÂ poisoning.
Ayinke said the incident has been reported at the state police headquarters forÂ investigations.
She however warned residents in the state to desisit from exposing their food items so as to discourage this kind of untoward development.
WhenÂ contacted, the state police commandÂ throughÂ itsÂ spokesmanÂ , Mr. Dabo EzekielÂ confirmed the incidentÂ andÂ assuredÂ that the detail report on the incident will will be madeÂ available to the public by the command.