On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, tragedy struck in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, after one person died from complications after consuming poisoned cassava flour, which was used to make Amala, a commonly consumed meal in the South West.

The hardship in Nigeria continues to keep many on the edge as they seek new means of survival.

Hardship: How Cassava Flour Almost Wiped Out Family Of Six In Oyo
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In this case, the said family could not afford to buy yam or cassava flour.

Instead of dying of hunger and starvation, the family decided to extract the amala from the peels of cassava.

After a successful extract, they crushed and put it into flour, which they then served as a meal.

The Meal

The six-person family ate the meal to full satisfaction, unknown to them that it will lead to the tragic end of one of the family members.


After consuming the food, the entire family started to feel uneasy a few hours later.

Unnamed sources claim that after the six family members called for help, nearby residents saw and hurried to the scene.

The six of them were rushed to a private hospital near Ogbomoso Baptist High School, where the granddaughter allegedly passed away.

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The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital in Ogbomoso was the next location they were brought to.

It was gathered that medical professionals are currently fighting for the lives of the surviving family members.



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