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DEATH BELL RANG FOR A FAMILY AFTER DINNER

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Tragedy struck after a family of 8 consumed ‘amala’ Four members of the family in Ilorin have dead and the other four are still hospitalized at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH).

The incident happened at Magaji-Ogo community behind Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, in Ilorin West Local Government Area.

The victims took the meal on Sunday night, three of them were found dead the following morning, the fourth casualty, who was the head of the family, died on Wednesday.

The family head, his sister and two children are died while those recuperating in the hospital are the mother and three other children.

The main cause of their death as not been established, the meal was taken alongside amphibian and there is a suspicion that they died of poisoning.

Officials from the state Ministry of Health were in the community to take samples of the meal for test but nothing was yet to be said of the findings,’’ the source said.

The incident happened at Magaji-Ogo community behind Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, in Ilorin West Local Government Area.

The family, is an extension of the Histrict Head of Adewole, popularly known as Alangua Adewole in Ilorin.

Meanwhile, Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode, Director, Public Health and Disease Control in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed the incident.

He, however, said that the ministry was yet to identify the cause of the incident and samples from the meal were taken for laboratory investigation, which would be out within the next 24 hours.

“However, we are definite that it is food poison because of the symptoms, but we are not sure of the food item that is culpable.

“We learnt they took this amphibian that they hawk around with it. So, we are not sure if it is the source of the death because some of them are poisonous.

“Though we have not identified the culprit in terms of whether it is organism or chemical, definitely, it is a symptom of food poison.

“But our suspicion is the amphibian. It could be preservatives that were used on the items that were used for the meal,’’ he said.

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