The Saburi 1 community has been thrown into frenzy, following a mysterious headache and stomach-pain which led to the death of 27 children and youths. Sources say there was panic at the village situated opposite Mopol Barracks along Kubwa expressway in Abuja, as no one could fathom the disease cause nor proffer a cure to the ailment. Vanguard reports that the village chief, Alhaji Mohammed Yamawo traveled out of Abuja for an urgent assignment as of press time.
However, his son, Alhaji Halidu Mohammed confirmed that 16 people whose ages ranged between 10 and 25 years had been officially reported at the palace to have died within the last two weeks. Alhaji Mohammed said: “Families of the deceased persons came to the palace that their sons and daughters complained of headache and stomach pains and died just like that before they could reach Kubwa General Hospital or Garki General Hospital.” “We do not have big hospital in our community except for few private ones that look more or less like chemists.” “The chief invited some medical experts from town to come and uncover the cause of the sudden deaths but the Doctors could not pin the headache or stomach pains to any sickness or disease,” Mohammed noted.
Alhaji Ibrahim Nuhu who lost two of his daughters said the senior daughter, Aminat died complaining of headache while her junior sister, Aishat died four days after. Nuhu said: “My senior daughter Aminat complained of headache and we administered paracetamol on her thinking that it would subside after some minutes but it did not. We then decided to go to hospital for proper examination and treatment but before we got to the hospital Aminat died on the way.” “We were gathered after four days for a prayer session for the late Aminat when her junior sister, Aishat, started complaining of a similar pain and she died almost immediately. It was a terrible blow on me and their mother,” the aggrieved father noted. As to what could be responsible for the strange deaths, Nuhu said, he had no idea, adding that he left the whole thing in the hands of the Almighty Allah.
Another father who lost a 16 year old son, Mr Joshua Abuwata could not hold back his tears while narrating his ordeal. According to Mr Abuwata, Dickson (his son) started complaining of headache which he initially thought was a minor thing. He sent for paracetamol for him and ensured he took it before the boy went inside their apartment only to come out some hours later looking dunce and staring in the air.
“When he started staring into the atmosphere without uttering a word or responding to me, it dawned on me that something was indeed wrong. I held him, yet he did not say a word. He went inside the kitchen served himself food but he could not locate where his mouth was and therefore mired his whole face with soup,” Abuwata narrated. Adding that: “At that point, l knew it was very serious, so l cleaned him up to take him to the hospital only for him to drop dead. I have never seen or experienced such death in my life.”
They also alleged that that the sudden death started occurring five days after the village head carried out a sacrifice during which he went round the village with some of his people. They further alleged that the 16 persons were just the ones that were reported at the palace, informing that the number of children and youths who have lost their lives due to the illness in the last 14 days, were up to 27. The locals also called on the council authorities to build a primary healthcare centre in the community to relieve them of the difficulties in accessing medical services. They lamented that the absence of a clinic in the village constituted a source of worry for them, stressing that the search for medical attention keeps taking them to distant places.