Five children die after eating cucumber fruits in Cross River

Five children die after eating cucumber fruits in Cross River

A Poisonous cucumber fruits has claimed the lives of Five Children comprising three girls and two boys, the incident occurred after they allegedly consumed the poisonous fruit.

The incident occurred in the village of Amana in Becheve close to the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obanlikwu local government area of Cross River State.

Mr Augustine Ogar, who resides in the area, said “After eating the cucumber left for them by their mother who went for burial at the Ranch Resort, the victims slumped and died”.

According to him, the deceased mother left some cucumber for the children to eat while she went to attend a burial ceremony in the village.

However, someone allegedly poisoned the cucumber leading to the death of the children after they ate it.

“Their mother left some cucumber for them to eat on Thursday afternoon while she went to attend a burial ceremony in the village on the Ranch Resort but someone is suspected to have poisoned the cucumber leading to the death of the children after they ate it”, Augustine stated.

He explained that the cucumber was not bought from the market but harvested from their mother’s farm.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Cross River State, Ms Irene Ugbo confirmed the story.

He noted that nobody was arrested even though the investigation was continuing.

She told newsmen on Monday that the incident occurred in Obanlikwu Local Government Area of the state.

She explained that the deceased died after eating the cucumber fruits suspected to have been poisoned, adding that the Divisional Police Officer in the area who was investigating the matter was yet to make any arrest in connection with the death.

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