Kogi Council Bans Cassava Flour Sale After Death Toll Rises

Authorities of Adavi Local Government Area in Kogi have banned the sale and consumption of cassava flour brought into the area from neighbouring communities and states between October 26 and November 1.

The Information Officer of the local government, Shaibu Obeito, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the move was to forestall more deaths associated with the consumption of the flour.

234today recalls that nine person, two women and seven children died on October 26 in Ogaminana community in the local government are after a meal of the flour.

Mr. Obeito said the council had started buying back all cassava flour brought into the council within the period from sellers and those possessed by residents.

According to him, the aim is to retrieve the poisonous cassava flour and destroy it before it got to the public.

He, however, stated that more deaths had not been reported in the area in connection with the consumption of the flour.