Friday, February 11, 2011

Poisoned Food Served to Students (Nigeria)

Nigerian Tribune
11 February 2011

Commotion in Ibadan over rumour of laced akara for students
It is baseless – Govt

Written by Tolu Olamiriki, Adebayo Waheed and Abiodun Awolaja

IBADAN, the Oyo State capital, was, on Thursday, thrown into confusion following the rumour that some politicians in the state had served pieces of bean cake (akara), noodles and cooked rice allegedly laced with juju to some students in public schools in the city.

The rumour confused parents and guardians in the city, as they stormed a majority of the schools to make sure that their children and wards were safe. [...]

The Nation [Nigeria]
11 February 2011

Akala’s men accused of serving suspected poisoned food

Bisi Oladele and Tayo Johnson, Ibadan

There was panic in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital yesterday, following the death of a pupil after allegedly eating poisoned bean cake (akara).

Parents rushed to their children’s school to fetch them following the rumour.

The food was alleged to have been served by agents of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala. [...]

Vanguard [Nigeria]
10 February 2011

Food poisoning scare causes stampede in Ibadan


IBADAN — THERE was stampede in some parts of Ibadan metropolis Thursday, over rumours of poisoned food being distributed to some pupils. [...]

The Nation [Nigeria]
12 February 2011

Eight arrested over food poison scare in Ibadan

Bisi Oladele, Ibadan

Eight men were on Thursday arrested in Ogbere Onilanta area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, in connection with the stampede caused by the rumour of poisoned food allegedly served by agents of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala to school children.

Although residents of the community protested at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan on Thursday evening, alleging that policemen raided their children at Elekuro High School, Ogbere, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adisa Bolanta, said eight adults were arrested for vandalising a car belonging to a woman conveying food to a school to serve teachers at a meeting. [...]
Vanguard [Nigeria]
12 February 2011
25 students protest alleged food poison, arrested
By Ola Ajayi

Daily Independent [Nigeria]
11 February 2011

Poison scare: Oyo bans food vendors in schools

By Oladele Ogunsola Correspondent, Ibadan

Following Thursday’s wild allegation of food poisoning in public schools that rocked the entire Ibadan, Oyo State capital, the state government on Friday came down heavily on food vendors and promotional activities by food companies as it placed an indefinite ban on their activities in the state. [...]
The Nation [Nigeria]
14 February 2011
Oyo NUT urges parents to ignore ritual food rumour
Oseheye Okwuofu, Ibadan

Vanguard [Nigeria]
15 February 2011

How food poisoning caused chaos in Ibadan


[...] Further investigation revealed that there was a film entitled ”Asiri Nla” (Top secret) being sold, where somebody claimed a former president and a governor in the South-West in pursuit of political victory in April 2011 were asked to provide 200 people for sacrifice.

This film was the one that actually fuelled the fear of many parents thinking that the ritualists were at work to get those people for the politicians. [...]
Daily Independent [Nigeria]
17 February 2011
Food poison scare in Ibadan (1)
By Oladele Ogunsola, Correspondent, Ibadan