Seven family members have tragically died after eating breakfast in Kaura village in Yabo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The head of the family, Malam Danbala told Daily Trust that he lost his two wives and five children to the incident.
He said, “I was in Niger State where I work as a labourer when I received a call on Monday from one of my brothers that there was a problem which required my urgent attention at home.
“He asked me to come back home as soon as I could. I insisted on knowing what happened but he cut the call without making further comment.
“So I took the early morning bus to Sokoto and when I reached home, I discovered all members of my family with the exception of my little daughter were all gone. They were buried even before my arrival on Tuesday as our religion demanded.”
Danbala said that the problem started when one of his wives cooked a local delicacy called Dambu for their breakfast.
“They all ate to their satisfaction and after a while they started complaining of stomach pain and were all rushed to the hospital.
“The five children died first, followed by my wives who died around midnight but my little girl is responding to treatment because she did not eat much from the food,” he said.
According to an eyewitness account, the wife initially cooked the meal for their dinner on Sunday which she shared with neighbours.
It was said that the remnant of the food was kept for their breakfast and on Monday morning, she mixed the remnant food with a raw Dambu reportedly left uncovered throughout the night. She was said to have cooked the delicacy and served only members of the family.
“This is how God destined their fate. May Allah grant them Jannatul Firdaus,” the bereaved family head said.