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Couple dies from charcoal fumes in Kano

Kano State Police Command says a couple has been found dead in bed in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, believed to have died of suffocation from charcoal fumes.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa who confirmed this in a statement in Kano on Wednesday, gave the names of the couple as Sulaiman Idris, 28 and Maimuna Haliru, 20.

“We received a report on Jan.3, at about 9.00 p.m from Kwa Village in Dawakin Tofa LGA that a couple was discovered not to have come out of its matrimonial home since it was last seen on Jan. 2 at about 11:00 p.m.

“When the grandmother of Idris forced the door open, she discovered the couple motionless on the matrimonial bed, with smoke odour pervading the room”, he narrated.

Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mamman Dauda, according to the spokesman, on receiving the report directed a team of detectives led by CSP Ahmed Hamza, DPO Dawakin Tofa Division to proceed to the scene.

The bodies of the victims were rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano where a medical doctor confirmed them dead,” Haruna-Kiyawa said.

The police image maker said that preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased couple lit a charcoal fire to warm the room due to cold weather, “and got suffocated by the smoke that emanated from the burning charcoal burning while fast asleep,” he said.

Writing by Muzha Kucha