Family of 6 and guest dies after eating mysteriously in Oshodi

Disbelief, shock and uncontrolled emotion were expressed by the throng of residents who descended on No. 19, Olowora Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi area of Lagos State yesterday. This was after one Mr. Kasim Sakariwo, an electrician popularly called Cool Money, his pregnant wife, a petty trader, their four children, three daughters, 11-year-old Aliyah; five-year-old twins, Taiye and Kehinde, nine-year-old boy, Farida and a 17-year-old female relative, all died mysteriously except one.

The cause of their strange deaths is yet to be discovered, as an autopsy has not been carried out. However, it was gathered that at about 9:00 a.m. when none of the family members had stepped out of their one-room apartment, neighbours, already worried by the strange sight, forcefully opened the door and the occupants were seen with their tongues stocked out and foams in their mouths.

The wife and twins were rushed to a nearby health centre by neighbours with the hope that they were still alive. While the wife passed on, the last born of the family and one of the twins survived.

It was gathered that the family ate rice the previous night and also served some of their neighbours. The neighbors showed up at the house yesterday morning, establishing that the deaths may not be connected to food poisoning.

When The Guardian visited the scene of the incident, it was observed that the deceased father struggled to escape the room as his body was seen at the door. It was too late as he didn’t make it out alive.

Eyewitnesses said they suspect the family may have been killed by “a dangerous insecticide.” Meanwhile, government officials from the ministry of health had evacuated the bodies.

While speaking to our reporters, friends and relatives of the deceased family urged the government to investigate the deaths of their loved ones, insisting that they might have been killed.

One of Kasim’s friends, Isiaka Kilani, said: “He is my close friend and we learnt electronics together. He is a peaceful man and doesn’t fight with anyone. We urge the government to investigate this mysterious death.

Also, a neighbour, Hammed said, “When we entered the room, the sight was so fearful. Some of them died on the mattress, some on the floor and Kasim was just at the door. Maybe he struggled to reach the door. Their death is a mystery and it must be uncovered.”

Local council officials arrived later and sealed the building in the company of policemen from Makinde Police Station. An aggrieved resident who pleaded anonymity said, “It is wrong. Nobody is explaining anything to us. We were not even allowed to pick a pin from the building.”

The vice-chairman, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Hon. Daisi is a statement hinted that the surviving child has been referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for treatment. He added that the police from Makinde station were investigating the cause of death and implored the public to maintain peace and order.

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