The entire community in Ikobi, Apa Local Government Area of Benue State have been thrown into mourning following the death of eleven persons who reportedly died of food poisoning.
NigeriaCrime.com gathered that the victims lost their lives after consuming contaminated food
A traditional ruler in the community who spoke on the condition of anonymity said some of the victims who died after included, Adi Ale, Ochefije Ojo, Maria Ojo, Aipu Ochefije, Aboyi Ochefije.
Mary Ochoyoda and Ehi Abu, Blessing Abu, Peace Ochoyoda, Ojochono Daniel and Favour Edoh.”
The traditional ruler explained that six of the victims died in one day, while the other five died a few days after.
He disclosed that one of the bereaved family members, Ochoyoda Abu, lost his wife (Mary), two sisters (Ehi and Blessing) and a daughter (Peace) in the unfortunate incident.
He said, “It is a sad moment for us all in Ikobi. Initially, people didn’t understand what was going on when the people started dying until it was discovered that all those who died ate the meal that came from the same source which had been preserved with chemicals.
“Our findings showed that one of the victims had cooked for people to eat and also given out part of the corn flour she got from a neighbour’s house to some other persons for food. Unfortunately, almost everyone who ate out of the food that was made from the flour died.
“When the incident happened experts from the state Ministry of Health were immediately sent in to investigate the strange deaths though the result of the investigation is not yet out but we know it was poison because all those who partook in the food are either dead or narrowly escaped death after being treated in the hospital. ”
Contacted, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene who confirmed the incident explained that “about three months ago there was a case of someone who died of food poisoning at a particular house in the Ikobi community.
“Few months after the incident, precisely on the 14 of this month (November) a woman who is possibly a family member of the deceased went to the house of the deceased to clean up the house and in the process found food stuff there which she brought to her house to cook.
“Unfortunately, after cooking the food she served some people and after eating the food, twelve people suffered illness and were taken to hospital but seven of them died and the other five who were rushed to the hospital for treatment survived. The investigation is still ongoing.”