The two opposition figures were at the head of an SDF delegation to comfort and encourage the Ebai family after Thursday’s deadly dinner.
“SDF Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi and Vice, Hon Joshua Osih, this Sunday visited the Ebai's family which saw three members dead after taking their dinner two days ago at their Nurses quarters in Limbe,” the SDF announced in a Facebook post.
Cameroon-info.net recalls that three members of the Ebai family died Thursday, August 8, 2019 in one of the worst food poisoning cases in Cameroon.
Limbe, a seaside resort in Cameroon’s South West Region is yet to come to terms with the Thursday evening tragedy – three members of the same family lost their lives while eight others are currently in hospital after they consumed dinner believed to have been poisoned.
The about eleven members of the household who consumed the said meal were rushed to the Limbe Regional Hospital where the three deaths were confirmed with medics battling to save the lives of eight others.
Tarhyang Enowbikah Tabe, Publisher of The Advocate Newspaper in Limbe was the first to break the news.
“Limbe in tears as mother, daughter die after dinner,” said Tarhyang, adding that “Gladys Ebai and Shella Ebai are confirmed dead while other family members are under intense medical care after consuming dinner.”
Information has it that 66-year-old Gladys Ebai and 38-year-old Shella Mbeng Ebai gave up the ghost before they got to the hospital, while 3-year-old Che Sharon, daughter to Shella Mbeng Ebai died in hospital.
The Director of the Limbe Regional Hospital, Dr. Denis Nsame Nforniwe has since said the eight others are in a stable condition, saluting the efforts of the team of medics who under emergency procedures brought the situation under control.
Preliminary medical report of Limbe dinner disaster points to intoxication, journalist Tarhyang reported. A situational report from the Limbe Regional Hospital suggests that the “food poisoning is likely caused by pesticide (Mukap)”.
A multi-disciplinary team comprised of health, environment, agriculture and national security experts is investigating the case. They also recommended that there is a need to continue sensitizing the general population on the use of pesticide, in this case, Mukap.
Formal investigations are still underway, to ascertain the author of the poison, as well as the motive behind the act.
The last time Fru Ndi visited Limbe was on Thursday, June 13, 2019 during which he was received and handed a symbolic key to the city of Limbe by the paramount chief designate of Limbe, HRH John Elufa Manga Williams. It was about the only warm reception Fru Ndi got after he had been barred from entering the National Refining Company, SONARA and given a shabby reception at the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC and the office of the Senior Divisional Officer for Fako.