CP Ahmed Ammani, the new commissioner of police, Enugu State, Sunday, directed the state criminal investigation department to unravel circumstances surrounding the death of six persons who attended a traditional marriage ceremony together.
It was gathered that one of them was the celebrant at the marriage. The mysterious deaths happened at Akutara village in Adani community of Uzo-Uwani local government area of the state.
The state police public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, stated this in a statement.
The statement read, “Following the receipt of a report alleging the sudden and unnatural death of six persons and the hospitalization of eight others at Akutara village in Adani community of Uzo-Uwani LGA on 27/08/2022 at about 0930hrs, the commissioner of police, Enugu State Command, CP Ahmed Ammani, ordered the state CID, Enugu, to launch a full-scale investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death and hospitalization of the victims.”
CP Ammani commiserated with the families and friends of the deceased in the release, and called on the residents of the community to remain calm and support the police with necessary information in the investigations.
Ndukwe said, “Preliminary investigations reveal that one of the confirmed deceased victims, Obinna Dike, aged 31, attended his own traditional marriage ceremony at Obollo -Eke in Udenu LGA on 26/08/2022 with his relatives and other victims of the incident. They thereafter went back home and continued with the celebration.”
The statement further stated that, “The following morning, none of them came out of the room where they slept, causing the door to be forced opened, with all of them in the room found to be unconscious with foamy discharge from their mouths.
“They were immediately moved to the hospital.”
The state PPRO said six of them were confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy, while the others are responding to treatment.