Six family members have lost their lives after eating moi-moi prepared from suspected poisoned beans in Gombi local government Area of Adamawa.
Confirming the incident, the state police public relations officer, ASP Altine Daniel, said one Ali Mohammed and other members of his family including his wife, Hauwa, his four-year-old son and Mohammed’s parents, Alhaji Abdullahi Ali and Yelwa, died shortly after taking the moi-moi to break their Ramadan fast on Tuesday night.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also quoted Daniel as saying that 11 other people affected by the suspected killer beans were receiving treatment at a private hospital in the town, while police investigation was continuing.
The acting Chairman of Gombi local government council, Alhaji Ahmed Isa, said the council had also begun investigation into the incident, adding that only a one-year-old member of the family survived.
Meanwhile, the two victims that died from gunmen attacks in Kaduna in the early hours of Sunday were laid to rest yesterday amid tears and wailing by members of their families.
The victims namely, Zaman Kaki and a young boy in his teens, Fidelis Ishaku, were buried in Fadiya, Bajju Chiefdom, in Zangon Kataf local government after a combined Christian funeral service officiated by Rev Fr. Geoffrey and another clergy, Rev Dodo Hassan.
The remaining victims have been moved from the Zonkwa Medical Centre to the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, while Laraba Ishaku, the only woman that was wounded has been discharged.
Rev. Dodo Hassan in his sermon said that peace is important and an instrument of national development and cohesion, adding that both government and the society must liaise to ensure that security is given attention, considering the situation of insecurity in the country.
He also added that Nigerians must understand the consequences of instability and manipulation of religion, factors which he said mischief makers have been using in achieving their sinister interests while underdevelopment continue to be the bane of the nation.
Also speaking, the District Head of the Fadiya community, Malam Andrew Kazah Allahmagani said, “We have put the past behind us and our commitment to peace and understanding will never be deterred. We will not relent in our plea and ensure that peace reigns; I am urging all of you to continue embracing one another as religion and ethnicity are from God for our good and not reasons for destruction. With God on our side we shall succeed.”
It would be recalled that the attack occurred in the early hours of Sunday and was confirmed to LEADERSHIP by the special adviser to Kaduna State governor on security and coordinator of the state’s security outfit ‘Operation Yaki’, Col. Dangana Mamman, and chairman of Zangon Kataf local government, Mr. Dominic Gambo Yahaya, alongside Lt. Musa Ibrahim Mohammed, the military officer in charge of the soldiers on patrol.
A suspected gunman who identified himself as Hussaini Musa was apprehended and handed over to the police.
Andrew Kazah Allahmagani, the District Head had told LEADERSHIP on Sunday, how the gunmen stormed the village saying, “It was a little after 12 midnight when suddenly, my dogs started barking and I heard them struggling with my security man. I saw them through the window shooting indiscriminately; they gunned down the watchman, then went to the other house and killed a little boy.
“They wore black attire and were clutching sophisticated guns and swords, which some of them used. You can see the bullets in the main door and windows, since they could not find their way into the house.”