The entire family of a police officer has been completely wiped out after eating Ewedu.
Residents in Dushai village along the Kagoro-Manchok road, in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, are grieved over the incident. The people wondered how a local staple vegetable, jute, (and known among the Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria as ewedu and called Rama in Southern Kaduna), and how a common leave used for making soup for centuries could have caused the death of a whole family in their community.
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The family of five, including an unborn baby, as well as two domestic dogs, was wiped out the next day after consuming a meal made with the vegetable. The dead were identified as ex-police inspector, Peter Dauda, 43, his expectant 35-year-old wife, Dorothy, nine-year-old son, Godwin and six-year-old daughter, Patience.
Sunday Sun gathered that the family had enjoyed their meal prepared with jute one night and went to bed. They woke up in good condition. Meanwhile, before that night was over, the used portion of the jute was spread on a container overnight. In the evening, it was used to make a fresh pot of soup.
With no fear of the unknown, the family ate the soup went to bed, but never woke up again. It was stated that the sumptuous vegetable soup allegedly killed them.
Speaking on the sad incident, President of Dushai Community Development Association, Mr. Daniel Duniya Bosan maintained that;
“The family had prepared and eaten the jute leaves on the evening of Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and went to bed without any problem. But the remaining leaves were spread on a container and preserved for consumption the following day.
“Trouble started on Thursday, September 7, shortly after they had eaten the vegetable soup. All the family members started complaining of stomach aches the following day, which was Friday, and neighbours rushed them to
“The jute leaves was suspected to have been laced with a poisonous substance by unknown persons. The first family member to die was their six-year-old daughter, Patience, who gave up the same Friday, while Dorothy, Godwin and their father, Inspector Dauda, died on Saturday, September 9.”
The community leader added that the whole village had been sad after the news of the death of the family in suspicious circumstances was disclosed to them.
He added that late Inspector Dauda was a hardworking and peace-loving man who added values in no small measures to the development of Dushai community by preaching unity and love among the people.
Saddened by the news of the family’s death, Kaduna State Deputy Governor Barnabas Bantex paid a condolence visit to the community.While in the community, Bantex implored the community to be calm, particularly from the youths and urged them to stop any rumour relating to the death of members of the family.
He said “I am appealing to you to shun any rumour relating to the death of this family members because such rumour is capable of escalating the already charged atmosphere in your community,” Bantex who comes from Kaura Council Area was accompanied on the condolence visit by top government functionaries as well as the sole administrators of Zango and Kaura councils.
The Deputy Governor upheld the opportunity to call on all communities in Southern Kaduna to help the government in sustaining the relative peace being enjoyed in the area.
Anglican Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Reverend Markus Dogo reacted to the death of the family of five, he condoled the community and appealed to the people, “to commit everything to God and continue in fervent prayers for God to avert such incident future.”