According to Punch’s sources, the tragedy took place on September 30th in Mopa town, Mopa-Muro Local Government Area, Kogi State, and the victims all died on the same weekend, October 2nd.
Pa. Motilewa, the patriarch of the household, together with his two daughters and a girl believed to be related to them, all perished after eating the dinner. By some stroke of luck, Motilewa’s wife made it.
An individual named Motun, one of the deceased daughters, held a National Certificate of Education and worked as a local educator.
It was learned that the ‘Amala’ meal was formed by repurposing the leftover cassava flour after making and eating ‘Fufu. The processed shafts were reportedly left out in the sun to dry for many days.
However, they felt ill after eating the dinner on Thursday of last week, necessitating attempts to stabilise them the next day.
On Friday, the youngest family member passed away, and on Saturday, the relative who had been staying with them passed away as well.
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After their passing, the surviving patients were sent to the prestigious ECWA Hospital in Egbe.
Motun, the eldest daughter, passed away suddenly at around 3 a.m. on Sunday. A few hours after the mother passed away, the father too passed away on that Sunday.
Communities that suspect murder have postponed funerals until investigators can determine what happened.
A member of the family said;
“We are shocked. I have never seen a thing like this. We suspect that someone may have poisoned the food. For what? We cannot tell. I’m confused and in pains. This is too much to bear.”
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