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Four family members and 7 others die of suspected food poisoning in Benue

Four family members and 7 others die of suspected food poisoning in Benue

Photo of family members of the victims receiving well-wishers on Monday, November 21

Eleven people have died after eating food suspected of being poisoned in the Ikobi community of Apa local government area in Benue state.

Those who lost their lives were identified as: Adi Ale, Ochefije Ojo, Maria Ojo, Aipu Ochefije, Aboyi Ngbede Ochefije, Mary Ochoyoda and Ehi Abu.

The others are: Blessing Abu, Peace Ochoyoda, Ojochono Daniel and
Promote Edoh.

A man identified as Ochoyoda Abu has lost his wife (Mary), two sisters (Ehi and Blessing) and a daughter (Peace).

State Police Command spokeswoman Catherine Anene, who confirmed the report to The Nation on Monday, November 21, 2022, said the incident happened last week.

According to the PPRO, a woman had visited family members who had died of food poisoning three months ago and cleaned the house only for her to pack food items from house to house.

The same food would have been cooked while those who ate it would have suffered from a serious illness.

“About three months ago, there was a case of a person who died of food poisoning in a particular house in the community (Ikobi),” the PPRO explained.

“A few months after the incident, precisely on the 14th of this month (November), a woman who may have been a relative of the deceased came to the deceased’s home to clean the house and, in doing so, found food that she brought home to cook

“Unfortunately, after cooking the food she served to some people and after eating the food, twelve people got sick and were taken to hospital, but seven of them died and the other five who were rushed to hospital for treatment and reunited with their families,” he added.

Four family members and 7 others die of suspected food poisoning in Benue

Receiving well-wishers in the community on Monday, November 21, the Acting Pearl Chief of Ikobi, Chief Musa Audi, through Ikobi Traditional Council Secretary, Abogonye Ochola John, said the incident remains a mystery,

He added that if it weren’t for God, there would have been complete unrest as the situation has led to suspicion, hatred and blame-play among families in the community.

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