Three pupils of the LEA Kubwa 2 Primary School, Abuja, have died after they allegedly ate some biscuits at a birthday party of one of their mates.
Yahaya Garba, 14, Na’imat Yahaya 14, both pupils of primary four in the school died hours after they returned home sick on Tuesday.
The third pupil, identified as Moses Sunday, was in primary one. He was said to have been taken to the Kubwa General Hospital along with two other pupils namely, Aisha Isa and Hasiya Haruna on the day of the party, but died on Wednesday.
The two others were said to be in stable conditions. Our reporter saw one of them on her hospital bed when he visited the hospital yesterday.
Ahmadu Garba Makeri, father of one of the late pupils said his son left for school that day hale and hearty, only to return home early.
“When I asked him why he returned home early, he said he was feeling ill and that their teacher had permitted him to return home.
“The boy was able to eat some food while his mother rushed to a nearby chemist and bought some drugs for him. I asked him to go to his room and rest.
“I went out and when I returned later in the day, I was told that he went out to play. But shortly after, my attention was drawn that Yahaya was in pains and was vomiting. But when we rushed him to the Kubwa General Hospital, he was confirmed dead. We demand for full investigation,” he said.
Chairman of the Bwari Area Council, Musa Dikko who visited the school along with representatives of the FCT minister, told journalists after a security meeting in the school that investigation in to the incident had started, while the school had been closed till Monday next week.
Daily Trust learnt that the pupil who organized the party and shared the biscuits was yet to be identified.
Efforts to speak to the hospital’s medical director, Muideen Lasisi, were not successful as calls put through to his mobile phone number were not answered.
But a doctor at the hospital told our reporter that of the late pupils, Moses Sunday was on oxygen when they brought him to the hospital.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kubwa, Ayobami Surajudeen, confirmed the incident, adding that two persons had so far been arrested in connection with the incident.
Parents rushed to the school and took their wards home when the news broke out yesterday. By the time authorities announced the closure of the school, it was already deserted.
Meanwhile, the police in Kubwa have invited teachers of the school, over the deaths.
A source working in the school said the teachers were invited for questioning by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Kubwa on Wednesday and they were released at about 4:30p.m.
The DPO in Kubwa, CSP Surajudeen Ayobami said the teachers were not detained but were invited for questioning.