Barely few days after a strange disease claimed about 30 lives at Ode-Irele community of Ondo State, there was palpable apprehension of an outbreak of another strange disease in Osun State, when five members of the Idowu family in Ila Odo, reportedly died in mysterious circumstance, after taking a meal on Monday night.
Ila Odo is a border community located on Osogbo/Ilorin road.
Nigerian Tribune authoritatively gathered from sources within the town that all the dead were members of Idowu family, who ate same dinner that fateful Monday night. The deceased included the father, Akanbi Idowu, his second wife, whose name could not be confirmed, his son and two grandchildren.
The tragic death of three out of the five people that ate the dinner, woke the community in the early hours of Tuesday. Later in the evening of same day, two others died, fueling speculations of an outbreak of an epidemic in the state.
Baring his mind on the incident, a member of the Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ila Odo, where the deceased worshipped, who pleaded anonymity, informed the Nigerian Tribune that “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 down, 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,” he remarked.
Three of the deceased, including the father, his second wife and son, who died early on Tuesday, were buried in the evening of same day, while the two grandchildren, that died in the evening were buried on Wednesday.