There was widespread panic in a school in Abuja after three pupils of Local Education Authority Primary School, Kubwa 2, Federal Capital Territory reportedly died after eating some biscuits at a party.
It was learnt that the snack was shared to the victims by an unidentified classmate on Tuesday.
It was also gathered that two of the pupils – Nehemiah Yahaya and Yahaya Garba – of primary 5 and 4 respectively, died in their homes on Tuesday night while the third victim – Moses Sunday – in Primary One, reportedly collapsed and died at Kubwa General Hospital on Wednesday.
The deceased were said to have been buried yesterday afternoon by their bewildered family members and sympathisers.
The incident spread panic in the community, as parents besieged the school and forcibly took away their children.
In a chat with The Punch, Fatima, a distressed mother of one of the survivors, Hasiya Haruna, disclosed that she rushed Hasiya, 13, to the hospital immediately she learnt that she (Hasiya) partook of the biscuits at school.
Speaking in Hausa language, she explained that her daughter, a primary three pupil, informed her that she was given the snack by “a Muslim sister.”
She said, “There was a party in the school where my daughter was given biscuit, alongside with other pupils. We discovered that some pupils died at night.”
“So, I asked her if she ate the biscuit and who gave her. She said it was shared to them by a Muslim sister and so I was satisfied with her explanation.”
“But we were asked to take her to the hospital because some pupils died. So, I decided to bring her here (Kubwa General Hospital).”
Fatima said she gave Hasiya some herbal concoction at home when she complained of stomach pains, adding that she was apprehensive when she heard that other pupils had died.
“When I heard that Naimat had died, I quickly brought my daughter to the hospital; but since we got here, nobody has attended to us,” she complained.