Seven females found dead in hairdressing saloon in Niger

At least seven females were found dead in a salon in the Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State .

The incident occurred on Thursday night when the victims ; two married women and five ladies went to the salon in the evening to make their hair in preparation for Sallah .

The cause of the incident couldn ’ t be ascertained as of the time of filing this report .

But a source in the community told our correspondent that the victims might have been killed by generator fumes .

It was gathered that due to the downpour of that evening and the perceived eagerness by the women to make their hair for Sallah , the salon owner allegedly put the generator inside the salon , closed the door and continued with her work .

It was in the process that five of the victims were said to have suffocated to death after inhaling smoke from the generator .

It was gathered that the two others struggled to survive until the next day when they were discovered .

However , attempts by the people to rush the two surviving victims to a nearby hospital at Tungan Magajia were delayed following resistance 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 .

It was also gathered that after protests by eyewitnesses for the two victims to be taken to the hospital , and the intervention by Sarkin Rijau , Mohammed Gidiya , they were eventually rushed to the hospital but died few minutes later .

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 development , according to a source , threw the entire Rijau into mourning on Sallah with people gathered in groups discussing the incident.

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The state Police Public Relations Officer , Wasiu Abiodun , when contacted , confirmed the incident but didn’ t give the names of the victims . Abiodun stated that investigation was ongoing to unravel what led to the deaths .

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