Three children, including a nine-month old, have died in Bauchi after an “extremely hot” porridge being transported in a tricycle poured on them.
It was learned that the porridge was in a jumbo-size plastic flask when the tricycle plunged into a pothole and upturned.
A relation of the victims, Malam Auwal Bala, who narrated the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, said that the tragedy occurred on Wednesday while the family was celebrating the marriage of a member.
“Three women and six children were inside the tricycle conveying the porridge, known as ‘gwate’ in local parlance, to the venue of the celebration,” Bala said.
“The flask containing the porridge was placed inside the tricycle at the top rear and when the tricycle plunged into a large pothole, it summersaulted and the extremely hot content of the flask poured on the children on their heads, shoulders and chests.
“Three of the children, namely Aniya Yahaya, six years; Mariam Mohammed, nine years and Ibrahim Yusuf, nine months, died from serious burns, while a fourth child, Khadijah Usman, aged seven, is currently in critical condition.”
According to him, one of the women also sustained injuries, while the remaining two children and two women escaped unhurt.
“God giveth, God taketh, and who are we to question the will of God,” he said.