Ten die after drinking herbal mixture

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A son brought the herbal mixture for his mother who had foot infection and advised family members to partake to avoid spread of the disease.

Ten persons from the same family in Kwara have died after consuming a herbal mixture purported to cure a disease, the state police command has confirmed.

Ajayi Okasanmi, spokesman for the police, who made the confirmation in a statement on Wednesday Ilorin, said the matter was reported by a man, Ibrahim Bonnie, of Fulani camp Biogberu, via Gwanara, at the police station.

He said that Okosi Musa and Worugura Junlin, came to his mother, Pennia Bonni of the same Fulani camp, who was having a foot infection, with a local herbal mixture purported to be the cure for her ailment.

“She was also told to ensure that all her family members take out of the mixture to prevent the spread of the disease to other family members.

“After taking the local herbal mixture, the family members started dying one after the other, at the last count, 10 members including the infected mother, have died,” Mr Okasanmi narrated.

He said the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega, has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident, adding that the two suspects are already helping the police in their investigation.

“The commissioner of police advises sick members of the public to seek medical solutions in recognised medical homes spread across the length and breadth of the state to avoid ugly incidents of this nature.

“Suspects will have their day in court at the conclusion of the investigation,” he added.


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