By Tunde Oyekola
There was palpable fear in Ila-Odo, a boundary community between Osun and Kwara states, on Tuesday following the death of five members of a family who reportedly died in mysterious circumstance.
According to sources in the town, all the dead are members of Idowu family who reportedly ate same dinner before they went to bed on Monday night.
The deceased’s names, according to sources, are Akanbi Idowu, the patriarch of the family, his second wife, whose name could not be confirmed, his son and two grandchildren.
It was gathered that the news of the death of three out of the five people that ate the dinner, woke the community early Tuesday morning.
Later in the evening same day, two others died, fuelling speculations of an outbreak of an epidemic in the state.
A member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ila-Odo, where the deceased used to worship, who preferred anonymity, said: “No one can tell what actually happened. However, I can confirm to you that all the deceased ate from same pot on Monday evening.
“When we started hearing noise from their compound early on Tuesday morning, we all rushed to their compound, but when I got there, three members of the household were already dead.
“Two others that I met alive were complaining of severe stomach pain and efforts were made by the entire community to save them. They later died towards evening”.
Three of the deceased, the father, his second wife and son, who died early Tuesday, it was gathered, were buried in the evening of same day, while the two grandchildren, who died in the evening were buried on Tuesday.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Osun State Ministry of Health to the development proved futile, as calls to the Information Officer of the ministry did not go through.