By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Ten members of a Fulani camp in Gwanara area of Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State have died after taking a herbal concortion to cure leg infection.
The tragic incident which happened at the Fulani camp, known as Biogberu, according to police statement, happened on 18th June, 2021 and was reported to the police on June 23.
The Police said that one Ibrahim Bonnie; a 22-year-old Fulani man had informed the police that one Okosi Musa; a 35-year-old, and Worugura Junlin came to their camp to his mother, by name Pennila Bonni, aged 40 years, who was suffering from a foot infection.
According to the police statement, Ibrahim came with a local herbal mixture, purported to be the cure for his mother’s foot infection, which she was commanded to take.
Not only that, the two traditional healers also instructed that all members of the family must take the cocortion to prevent the ailment from spreading and infecting the remaining members of their family.
After taking the local herbal mixture however, Bonnie said the family began to die one after the other and that at the last count, ten of them had given up the ghosts, including the mother who had the infected leg in the first instance.
Meawhile, the Police Public Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the Kwara State, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, said that intensive investigation into the incident had commenced at the instance of the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Bagega.
Okasanmi added that two suspects had been the guests of the Police in Ilorin over the matter, helping the police to unravel the circumstances leading to the dispense of the lethal concortion.
The Commissioner of Police was said to have advised sick members of the public to seek proper medical solutions from recognized health institutions, which were found across the state, to avoid the kind of ugly incident that befell the Fulani camp.