Five members of a family died after a meal in Umuokpara Umanu, Obollo community in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, Vanguard reports.
The deceased are: Vitalis Nwosu; his wife, Obianuju; and their three children’ Chinonso, Chinasa and Odimnobi.
A villager recounted the incident: “The children were the initial complainants and their parents quickly moved them to a nearby private hospital (names withheld). Every effort made to save them failed as they died one after the other.”
According to reports from the community, Mr. and Mrs. Nwosu later came down with the same symptoms and were rushed to a hospital in Owerri, but they also died.
Reacting to the incident, the deceased’s first son, Chukwuemeka Nwosu, told newsmen that he was not at home when the incident occurred.
While urging the security agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident, Chukwuemeka also said that he suspected foul play.
Although the traditional ruler of Amaukwu autonomous community, Eze Akwagbulem G. Anayochukwu, was not at home when he visited his palace, a man close to the palace confirmed the incident.
He also confirmed that the royal father had visited the Police and the family.