On Monday, June 6, a family of 12 was discovered comatose in their residence in Obinze, Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State.
Five of the twelve victims were pronounced dead upon arrival at Imo Specialist Hospital, Umuguma, Owerri, as doctors and nurses fought to save the lives of the remaining seven.
The head of the family, who was one of the victims, is the Chief Driver for Uche Onyeagucha, the senatorial candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in the Owerri zone.
The chief driver was only named as Kingsley and was reportedly in his late forties. Other victims include a toddler, a female aged 12 years, and an adult.
One of the victims’ relatives who spoke to the news organisation stated that the incident’s reason remained a mystery to the family and community. He questioned how a family of 12 could be discovered comatose in one room of a six-room duplex.
A relative stated;
“The head of the family is the chief driver of Uche Onyeagucha, the PDP senatorial candidate for Owerri zone. His name is Kingsley. He was supposed to drive his boss to the Sam Mbakwe airport this morning but he didn’t pick up his phone calls. His boss also called his wife but no response. “Uche Onyeagucha then sent his personal assistant to his house. On arrival, nobody opened the gate after all the knocks on the gate. Somebody now scaled the fence and gained access into the compound. “Doors were forced open only to discover that the 12 of them were locked in a room. There were all unconscious. An alarm was raised and people gathered. “They were rushed to this hospital where five including the head of the family were confirmed dead. Others are on life support machines. We pray that they make it so that they will tell the story of what really happened. “The 12 of them included the chief driver and his family, siblings and children of his wife who came on a visit. The most painful is the death of the two-year-old child. What did that innocent child do? We suspect foul play.”