A 45-year-old mother and her two children have died after consuming suspected poisonous yam flour otherwise known as ‘Amala’ in Odo-Ayedun Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The eldest of the children was 14 while the younger one was 12. It was gathered that yam flour, which they consumed, was procured by the husband and prepared by the mother of two. All members of the family who ate the meal were found lifeless after dinner, except the father who is in a critical state at the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido Ekiti.
Two dogs that reportedly ate crumbs of the food, were also found dead in the apartment. The lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency II at the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye confirmed the tragedy to newsmen on Thursday in Ado Ekiti.
Aribasoye had raised the issue at the plenary of the House where he called for sympathy and investigation into the matter. Recounting the sordid scenario to newsmen, he said: “A great tragedy occurred at Odo Ayedun Ekiti on Saturday. it was a mournful day for us as a family of three died mysteriously.
Speaker of Ekiti Assembly Funminiyi Afuye sympathized with Aribasoye and the entire people of his constituency for the tragic incident. He, however, directed the House Committee on health to launch an investigation into the matter with a view to unraveling the causes of the mysterious incident. When contacted, the police public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu confirmed the incident. He said the police will join hands with other institutions to investigate the cause of the deaths.