Leadership (Abuja)

16 August 2014

Nigeria: Family of 5 Die Mysteriously in Abeokuta

Tragedy struck in Sabo area of Abeokuta on Friday as the whole neighbourhood of Temidire woke to the mysterious death of a family of five.

When Leadership WEEKEND visited the scene of the incident at No 3, Ireti Akinbode Street of the community, it was gathered that the polygamous family of late Aliu Adeoye had been wiped out, with the exception of the children of the senior wife.

It was gathered that the whole community woke up to find out that the five people were dead while, the elder wife and her children were safe. Members of the community who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity alleged that the incident was shrouded in mystery.

They however said the death might be as a result of fumes from a generator.

"Some people are saying it was the fume from a generator; they use generator but it is always at the side of the house, as you can see the compound is not gated. But one thing is that the wives are always fighting, cursing each other, it has gotten to a stage that the community leader had to intervene but all to no avail. There has never been peace among them," a neighbour said.

She explained that the first wife, whose name could not be ascertained, fainted on seeing the tragedy and was rushed to a nearby maternity centre in Sabo area where she was said to have been revived.

But the tide turned against her as she was nearly lynched by members of the community who had gathered at the maternity centre, pointing fingers at the surviving wife, but was saved by the quick intervention of police officers from Ilupeju Divisional Police Headquarters who quickly moved her to an undisclosed hospital.

When the community was visited, the whole area was deserted as no one was ready to speak with journalists but was later directed to the zonal leader of the community who incidentally was the Arabic teacher of the deceased children.

The leader, Alhaji Abubakar Olowoorioke explained that they were in the mosque in the early hours when a woman alerted them, only to get to the scene and found the dead bodies of the deceased. Olowoorioke explained that he could not move closer to the place again because of the shock, but added that odours of chemicals could be perceived from inside the house.

"It was a surprise to us when we got to the place but what we observed was that there was an odour like an insecticide chemical and we had to rush out but someone told us that it could be the fume from the generator," he explained.

The police public relation officer in Ogun State confirmed the information but added the cause of the death was still not clear and that medical examination of the bodies will reveal the cause of death.

"The police found the body of five people in the building this morning, the cause of the death is yet unknown. We also heard an allegation that some people wanted to lynch a stepmother to the deceased children and nearly set the building ablaze.

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