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Generator Fume Kills Seven

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

There was pandemonium in Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State as seven women were found dead at a salon on Sallah day.

The victims were said to have gone to the salon on Sallah’s eve to make their hair ahead of the celebrations.

Punch Newspaper gathered that the victims might have been killed by generator fumes.

According to a source, the salon owner allegedly put the generator inside her salon and closed the door due to the heavy downpour.

The victims were said to have suffocated to death after inhaling smoke from the generator.

Meanwhile, two of the victims survived until the next day but attempts by the people to rush the two surviving victims to an hospital at Tungan Magajia were delayed by a top politician in the area who insisted that the chairman of the council, Bello Bako, must see the incident before the bodies could be taken away.

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The development led to protests and with the intervention of Sarkin Rijau, Mohammed  Gidiya, the two surviving victims were taken to the hospital but died few minutes into admission.

The bodies of the deceased were said to have been released to their relations, and they have since been buried according to Islamic rites.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the incident.

He stated that investigation was ongoing to unravel the cause of to the deaths.

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