No fewer than two persons are feared to have died after drinking water from a stream in Oboso Community in Mbube clan, Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, suspected to have been contaminated with a poisonous substance.
Aside from the dead, local sources in the area have disclosed that at least forty people who also drank water fetched from the stream are in critical health conditions and are receiving medical attention from various health facilities in Ogoja and nearby communities, about 400 kilometres from Calabar, the state capital.
The incident, which occurred on Friday has also resulted in the outbreak of a strange ailment in the community and two others that share the same water source.
Health workers and medical experts, who are yet to ascertain the nature of the ailment, are battling to save the lives of those under their medical care.
Following the incident the affected communities have been thrown into mourning, in an atmosphere enveloped by fear of the unknown. Read more