Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmed Ammani, has ordered the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of six persons in an Enugu community.
The commissioner also directed the CID department to unravel why eight persons were hospitalized under the same strange circumstances in Akutara village in Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.
This is contained in a statement issued by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Sunday in Enugu.
Ndukwe said that the directives were given following the receipt of a report alleging the sudden and unnatural deaths and hospitalization at Akutara village in Adani community on Aug. 27 at about 9:30a.m.
The police spokesman said that the commissioner had already commiserated with the families and friends of the deceased.
The PPRO noted that the state’s police boss called on the residents of the community to maintain peace and support the police with necessary information in the investigation.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that one of the confirmed deceased victims, Obinna Dike, 31, attended his own traditional marriage ceremony at Obollor-Eke in Udenu council area on Aug. 26 with his relatives and other victims of the incident.
“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 spokesman said.
He said that they were immediately moved to the hospital, where six of them were confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.
Ndukwe noted that eight others had been responding to treatment within a hospital in the area.