Five members of a family reportedly lost their lives after consuming dinner in Umuokpara Umanu, Obollo community in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
The identities of deceased are Mr. Vitalis Nwosu, his wife, Obianuju, and their three children, Chinonso, Chinasa and Odimnobi.
Vanguard reports that Mrs. Obianuju Nwosu had prepared and served the family a meal of jollof rice for dinner, but not long after, they started experiencing stomach ache, stooling and vomiting
A villager recounting the incident said: ” 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.
A villager noted that two other members of the family, who also took part in the meal survived, adding that “the remains of the deceased have been deposited at Adam Mortuary, Ugiri.” Reacting to the incident, the deceased’s first son, Mr. 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.
He alleged that his parents and siblings must have been poisoned by a relation over a protracted family matter.