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Tragedy As Poisoned Cassava Flour Lafun Kills Mother, 3 Children & 2 Others In Okene Kogi State

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Tragedy As Poisoned Cassava Flour Lafun Kills Mother, 3 Children & 2 Others In Okene Kogi State

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Nov 2nd, 2016 – Tragedy As Poisoned Cassava Flour Lafun Kills Mother, 3 Children & 2 Others In Okene Kogi State

A generous female farmer at a village in Okene Kogi state died on Monday after eating a delicious Cassava flour aka Lafun meal.

The deceased was said to have brought some fresh cassava from her farm on Monday.

She reportedly used it to make the Cassava meal for her entire family. She also invited her neighbours children to partake in the meal.

Sadly, the woman and her 3 children developed severe stomach pain around midnight and died hours later.

When the neighbours sensed their sudden deaths might be due to the Lafun dinner, they quickly rushed their children to Okene General Hospital on Tuesday where they died hours later.

Kogi State Police command is treating this case as a murder suicide.



  1. fifelomo

    November 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Who could have done this? A wicked soul just wiped off 5 generations, too bad. May thier souls rest in peace.

  2. Big Aunty Koks

    November 3, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Oh pity! Some species of cassava are quite potent and when eaten fresh from harvest have been known to adversely affect humans. That is why in the processing of such species allowance is made for either fermentation to take place or some days to pass between the time the crop is harvested and when it is consumed. It is also part of reducing the potency of cassava that informs some people’s decision to add palm oit when preparing cassava meals like garri since palm oil is believed to be anti-poison. Our researchers should do some work on finding the cause and solution so incidents like these are prevented.
    It is unfortunate indeed.
    RIP to the dead!!!

  3. Jilo

    November 3, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    @Big Aunty Koks your response to this tragedy is very reasonable. Not every situation may be attributed to pre-plan work of enemy which I don’t believe in this case. Some of our foods may be toxic at times we may never know especially cassava. The reason is I personally, have performed my own individual experiment and realized that toxicity of that Cassava may affect we human being greatly.

    I knew this when after a while that I have left Nigeria, I began to have craving for some of our traditional foods especially “Gaari” which I really love when I was very young. I can eat it three times in a day though I’m not from Ijebu. At some point when I tried to eat this food, I started having, stomach upset, sometimes I felt nauseated but it was not the same case whenever I ate other brand Gaari AKA “Garri Ibo”. At first I taught because I’m getting older my system cannot tolerate this but I later found that it was the toxicity of that cassava.

    If something had happened to me in Nigeria, many people would have taught may be my enemies are behind my ailment but my own investigation revealed that Garri Ibo is the best because they have processed it more by removing its starch which may make it more toxic than Garri Ijebu which taste sour but some of our people love Garri Ijebu because it is drinkable. I did try this but let me tell you, Garri Ijebu may aggravate the symptoms of Ulcer or Acid reflux in some people because it is very toxic. Some kids may not know the difference because their immunity is very strong. They are in a stage where they can digest any food.

    Another thing that can probably caused this “Food Poison” is in ability to revitalize the ground which they always used to plant these cassava. At times the ground may become too toxic for planting if it lost its mineral or if farmers kept using them without revitalizing or do something to make it less toxic. I think that may be the cause of this unfortunate incidence. However, our scientists should go and do their own test to find out if that poison emanate from cassava or from other source. Fx

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