Two Nigeriens , who attended a wedding in the Mani Local Government Area of Katsina State, have lost their lives after eating food suspected to have been poisoned .
The victims , Bilkisu Surajo , 20 , and Ibrahim Sani , 13, were among the 19 guests who ate the poisoned food.
The incident occurred on Saturday .
Eyewitnesses said the 19 guests , who ate from the poisoned food , became unconscious and were rushed to the General Hospital, Mani , where the two Nigeriens eventually died .
The spokesman for the state police command , SP Gambo Isah , confirmed the incident on Thursday .
He said two suspects , Musa Suleiman , 25, and Shafa ’ atu Sirajo , 20, both of Ali Yaba village in the Mani Local Government Area of the state , had been arrested in connection with the incident.
It was learnt that the two suspects allegedly conspired to put a substance, known in Hausa as Zaqami , in the food that was served the guests .
“ Two suspects , Musa Suleiman (male ) and Shafa ’ atu Sirajo (female ) have been arrested and have confessed to the crime . Investigation is ongoing, ” Isah stated .
In a related development , operatives of the Operation Puff Adder in the Batsari Local Government Area of the state , on Thursday , arrested a suspected bandit , Abubakar Alti , 26, of the Dogon Dutsen Akata Fulani Camp in the area and recovered a herd of cattle from him .
Isah described Alti as a notorious bandit , who had taken part in various attacks in the council area .
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