A community of Eka Utara in Adani, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, has been thrown into confusion following the mysterious death of a groom and six wedding guests in the community on Saturday, August 27, 2022.
It was gathered that five others, including the bride, were also receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the community.
It was said that the victims had returned from a wedding ceremony at Obollo-Afor in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State when they started dying.
A source in Adani community, who pleaded for anonymity stated that they were suspecting food poisoning.
The source also said other people are suspecting that the victims died of carbon dioxide inhaled from a power generator, which was brought onto the veranda of a house where the victims stayed while it was raining when they returned from the wedding ceremony.
The source said the actual cause of the deaths will be ascertained when an autopsy is conducted on the dead bodies.
The source said: “I learned that the victims, who returned from Obollo-Afor where they attended a wedding, started dying mysteriously. I was equally told that the mysterious deaths might have been caused by food poisoning while others are saying that it might be caused by a generator fume, which was taken to the veranda of a house where they stayed when it was raining.
“There is also a suspicion that the guests died of the effect of an insecticide, which was sprayed to rid the room of mosquitoes. We are really in a state of confusion now. It is only an autopsy that would determine what killed them.”
Reports had it that it was a neighbour, who had gone to receive the new bride that noticed how the victims were lying helplessly on the floor and alerted others who joined him to take them to hospitals.
Meanwhile, Police authorities in the state have launched a probe into the mysterious death.
This is according to a statement made by the Commissioner of Police in the state, through the Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe.
According to the police spokesman, the directives followed the receipt of a report alleging the sudden and unnatural deaths and hospitalisation at Akutara village in Adani community on August 27.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that one of the confirmed deceased persons, Obinna Dike, 31, attended his own traditional marriage ceremony at Obollor-Eke in Udenu council area on August 26 with his relatives and other victims of the incident,” he said on Sunday.
“They, thereafter, went back home and continued with the celebration. However, the following morning, none of them came out of the room where they slept.
“This caused the door to be forced open, with all of them in the room found to be unconscious with foamy discharge from their mouths.”
The police PRO stated that the victims were conveyed to the hospital where six of them were confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.
While commiserating with the families and friends of the deceased, the CP urged residents of the community to remain peaceful and support the police with the necessary information in the investigation to unravel the cause of their deaths.