Seven family members die of suspected food poisoning in Sokoto 

Seven family members die of suspected food poisoning in Sokoto 

Seven members of a family have reportedly died of suspected food poisoning in Kaura village, in the Yabo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Confirming the development, the head of the family of the victims, Mallam Umaru said the leftover of the food the victims ate the previous night was left outside for preservation, adding that the preserved food was mixed with another prepared food the victims ate.

Umaru said the victims allegedly died after consuming the food, adding that the corpses and remnants of the food had been handed over to the hospital and police to unravel the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

According to Umaru, the seven people who died included his two wives and five children.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman, Yabo LGA, Haliru Kilgori, while commiserating with the aggrieved family, urged members of the public to take caution.

“It is necessary to see what happened and take action and ensure that food and drinks are covered at all times,” the chairman said.

Efforts to get a reaction from the state Director of Disease Control were not successful as calls to his phone number did not connect as of the time of filing this report.

Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, confirmed the incident but promised to get back our correspondent for further details.

He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.

Meanwhile, a senior health worker in the state Ministry of Health, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed the incident.

He, however, dismissed the issue of poisoning, saying the food was exposed to air overnight leading to it being contaminated and harmful for human consumption.

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