Three yet-to-be-identified people have reportedly died after drinking palm wine mixed with a concoction at Ilepa Quarters in Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday.
The deceased were said to have consumed the palm wine in the house of a friend of theirs, identified as Azeez who allegedly prepared the drink.
Azeez was said to have served the drink while celebrating his birthday on the fateful day.
A source narrated that the palm wine allegedly contained some substances called Gegemu and Maladol. The substances were reportedly mixed with the palm wine in order to intoxicate the consumers.
The source said two of the victims died on Sunday while the third person died on Tuesday.
Apart from the deceased, some of the guests who took the palm wine at the birthday party reportedly landed in hospitals as a result of stomach pain.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, identified one of the victims as Kazeem Ogungbemi.
He said, “We can confirmed the incident, the boys went to a party organised by one of their friends. But they drank recklessly. We discovered that the drink they drank was mixed with many substances.
“The person who served the palm wine has run away and we are still looking for him.”
The PPRO noted that the command had commenced investigation on the incident.