ABUJA, NIGERIA – The police in the Federal Capital Territory FCT have confirmed the death of three pupils of the Local Education Authority (LEA), Kubwa II school after eating biscuits at a party. The three pupils, 14-year-old Nehemiah Yahaya and Yahaya Garba, of primary 5 and 4 respectively and Moses Sunday , died after eating biscuits at a party allegedly organised by unknown persons.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, Anjuguri Manzah, said an investigation has been launched into the matter.
Reactig to the unfortunate incident, the spokesperson of the FCT Administration Education Secretariat, Tony Ogunleye, in a statement released yesterday, said three pupils lost their lives, while two others were hospitalised.
“It was reported that some pupils consumed biscuits purchased outside the school premises and consumed after school hours which might have adversely affected their health. Until investigations are complete, the cause/causes of the children’s deaths remain speculative. So far, there has been no evidence of deliberate foul play, but investigations are ongoing. Parents are advised to remain calm and be assured of the safety of their children in all FCT schools. Secretary for Education, Senator Isa Maina, commiserates with the families of the pupils in this difficult time as his prayers and thoughts are with them,” the statement said
In the meantime, the school has been closed down.