The circumstances surrounding the death of the wife of a member of the Katsina state House of Assembly, Binta Safiyanu, who died after allegedly drinking a herbal concoction to boost the flow of her breast milk, is being investigated by the police.
The deceased, a mother of six, was said to have died a week after being delivered of a set of twins. It was learnt that Binta was the first wife of Hon. Yunusa Jikamshi.
It was gathered that after being delivered of the babies, her breast milk was not flowing as expected, a development which made her co-wives to persuade her to drink the concoction.
The other two wives allegedly assured her that the concoction would enhance the flow of the milk. Another version, however, had it that the deceased was fond of taking traditional herbs and allegedly directed a woman identified simply as Sakina to prepare the concoction for her.
The deceased reportedly started vomiting shortly after taking the herbal drink. She was subsequently rushed to Musawa General Hospital, where she was confirmed dead. She has since been buried, according to Islamic rites.
Sakina is however being detained by the police. The spokesman for the state police command, DSP Isah Gambo, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was in progress to unravel the real circumstances surrounding Bintu’s death.