By Onome Oghenetega
The Police in Delta State have confirmed the incident where four out of seven suspected Yahoo Boys died after eating noodles in the university community of Abraka, Ethiope East council area of the State.
It was gathered that the seven had eaten the meal together on Wednesday night, after which four died and three are currently receiving treatment at the Eku Specialist Hospital.
Sources said that the neighbours in the area had woken up to a foul smell coming out from one of the rooms in the compound and had called on vigilante members to ascertain the cause.
The vigilante team was said to have informed the Police of the development. On arrival, seven persons were found in the single room apartment.
Four were reportedly found dead, while three were rushed to the hospital.
It was gathered that the stomachs of the deceased were swollen and their skins peeling off when they were discovered.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said they were not students of the Delta State University (DELSU).
“It’s not hostel room but a private apartment. They are not students. According to the caretaker, the room was rented to one person but at times, he brings seven or nine people.
“But on this particular occasion, they were seven in the room. It was the vigilante who called the attention of the police.
“Residents of the compound called the vigilante that an offensive odour was coming out of a room but by the time they got there with the police they found out that four people were dead, two unconscious and one conscious.
“They were rushed to Eku Specialist Hospital. Doctors confirmed the four of the boys dead while two are still receiving medical treatment.
“The one that was conscious said the previous night, they prepare noodles to eat only for him minutes later to started feeling unease. By the time he got up, others were lying down.
“They are not students of the university. They only live in Abraka. The room was just a room apartment. Their bellies were swollen and their bodies were peeling as if they were poured hot water,” the PPRO stated.