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6 people die after drinking poisoned cocktails at wedding

By Mason White 12:23 PM April 1, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
Police have launched an investigation after at least six people died several hours after attending a wedding, police in Nigeria said.

Kano State Police said that six people, aged between 20 and 22, died after allegedly consuming a local drink called Zakami at the wedding reception, which was held in Unguwa Uku.

A witness who was at the wedding, said that the incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. The victims, all male, drank the substance at the party.

After several minutes, the men collapsed and they died on the way to a hospital. Police launched an investigation to locate those behind the poisoned beverage, but so far, no arrests have been made.

In February, a U.S. man was arrested and charged after serving poisoned wine at Scotland University. The college student, who was arrested in Massachusetts, faces possible extradition for allegedly persuading a classmate at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, to drink red wine laced with methanol, an antifreeze chemical, during a drinking game.

Alexander Hilton, 21, of Princeton, Massachusetts, was arrested by U.S. authorities last week under the U.S. and the U.K. extradition treaty. He appeared in federal court in Boston on Thursday, and his extradition hearing is scheduled for next month.

If extradited to Scotland, he will face a charge of attempted murder for giving a bottle of wine laced with poison to fellow student Robert Forbes. Hilton left the country shortly after the alleged murder attempt and went to college in New Mexico for a year before learning about the charges against him in Scotland.