A nursing mother in Benin City, Edo State, Mrs. Ata Buhari, has allegedly served her 18-month-old baby kerosene, instead of water.
The incident which led to the death of the child, was said to have occurred at about 10 am last Tuesday, at Iguma Street, off Orewere Street, Medical Stores Road.
It was gathered that the victim, Isreal Buhari, who complained to his mother, a kerosene seller, that he was thirsty, was given a liquid stored in a beverage can to drink, unknown to the mother that it was kerosene.
The child who was said to be the only male among the four children of his parents, was said to have gulped some of the content out of his mouth before his mother realized her error.
Few minutes after ingesting the substance, the little child’s eyes were said to have turned pure white as he screamed uncontrollably.
The distraught mother, with the help of neighbors, was said to have given palm oil to the boy immediately, before he was rushed to a hospital in the area where he died few hours later.
Mrs. Ata Buhari, a native of Kogi State, while narrating her ordeal, said that one of her children had filled an empty can of beverage with water which they took to the store that fateful morning, unknown to her that a similar beverage can which contained kerosene was also kept in the store, which she eventually gave to the child.
Father of the child, Hassan Buhari, a 36-year-old bricklayer, said he was called to the hospital where he met the corpse of his only son.
He appealed to the state government and kindhearted Nigerians to assist his family to enable them improve their living condition.