Up to seven wedding guests have allegedly died while others have been hospitalised after drinking a local tea made from Zakami, a local leaf which contains a psychoactive substance.
Sanusi Yahaya, elder brother of the bride who confirmed the incident told Daily Trust that it is suspected the tea was laced with drugs as it has become a norm for the young people in the area, especially drug addicts, to use ceremonies as an avenue to cook and take drugs.
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Yahaya said, “They cooked the tea and they themselves didn’t even know the number and types of drugs that were inside to the extent that some had to abandon it. But some of them insisted that they must drink from the tea, saying that their brains can take it.
“After drinking the tea, two people died, some have recovered while others are hospitalised.”
Another eyewitness, Abdullahi Muhammad, claimed that seven people died after taking the tea. He also those hospitalised were not from the area but were just passing by and decided to drink from the tea.
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Muhammad said, “We don’t know the exact number for now, but in the morning seven were confirmed dead. Some of them were not even invited to the wedding, they just came to disguise and take their drugs.”
The publication reported that the groom could not be reached for comments as he is on the run.
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