Two persons have died mysteriously after eating a forbidden fish allegedly harvested from a stream in Ezillo community, Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State.
Another was also said to have become blind after partaking in eating the fish-meal.
The trio were said to be visitors who were brought to the community by one Mr. Alieze to work in his building site.
A resident of the community, who gave his name as Odoh Onyinyechi, told Nigerian Pilot that the victims were visitors to their community and while they were resting after working for sometime at the site, went to a nearby stream to fetch water and in the process caught a fish regarded by the community as poisonous and unknowingly ate it.
“One Alieze from our community went to the town and brought people to work for him. The people later went to the stream to fetch water and in the process caught some fish in the stream.
“We told them that these fishes are forbidden in our area because we don’t consume them and if you must eat it, you must remove the scales but I don’t think they heeded our advice.
“Consequently, before we could know it, two of the labourers died and one of them could not speak anymore.
“We don’t eat that particular specie of fish they harvested for any reason and we always tell anyone who finds it to prepare it properly if they must eat it. So, perhaps that is the cause of their deaths,” she said.
Another resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said he saw the victims harvesting the fish in the stream and warned them not to eat it only for them to ignore the warning and went ahead to eat the fish.
“Those people were busy harvesting fishes in our stream and I went closer to them and saw the fish. I told them not to eat one of the species of the fishes which were among the ones they harvested. I told them to ensure they remove the scale before preparing it because the scale is very dangerous”, he said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chris Anyanwu was out of town for official engagement when contacted on phone after a visit to his office but promised to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the incident before confirming the report.

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