Tragedy struck in a little town of Obanikulu, Cross River State, Nigeria when on Thursday five children died after reportedly eating cucumber given to them by their great grandmother. On hearing the news about the death of her great grandchildren, the woman also slumped and died.
Sources said that the children, who were under the supervision of their great grandmother, ate the fruit in the absence of their grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Agbor, who had attended a burial ceremony of one Mr. Kechie.
Upon her return the next morning, the grandmother discovered that 5 of her grandchildren were unconscious, and then shouted for help. This attracted the attention of friends, neighbors, and colleagues who rushed into her assistance and helped in taking the victims to a nearby clinic.
At the clinic, a few minutes later, one female child gave up the ghost. Two hours later, 2 boys died. As though that wasn’t enough, in another 4 hours a female child died. Very much later, a fifth victim died.
When she heard the tragic news, their great grandmother under whose supervision the children consumed the vegetable slumped and died, bringing the death tolls to 6 in one home. What a sad event!
The host community, known as AMANA, has however rejected the idea of burying the dead in their land. They described it as tragedy, and that such an event had never happened in their town before. They, therefore, stated that in order to avoid a future occurrence, the bodies have to be taken elsewhere for burial.
It is not clear who or how the cucumber was poisoned as their great granny who happens to be the only clue to what happened also died of a heart attack shortly after receiving the news.
A Facebook user, Paul Baji, who shared news of the sad event on his page, stated how five grandchildren of one Mrs. Dorothy Agbor from a town called Ikwette also known as Bottom Hill had lost their lives after eating cucumber.