The Enugu State Police Command has started investigating the death of five members of a family on the borders of Enugu metropolis in Enugu state.
The sixth member of the family, a boy, was however found in a coma and had been rushed to a hospital
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Enugu.
Ndukwe said that the incident took place at City Estate Layout, Amokpo-Nike near Enugu on Wednesday, April 29, in the morning.
“The command’s knowledge of the unfortunate development followed a complaint received on April 29 at about 2.00 p.m. at Unity Police Station of a sudden and unnatural death of a family of six at City Estate Layout, Amokpo-Nike, Enugu.
“The operatives of the station, led by its Divisional Police Officer, SP Siga Malgwi, immediately moved to the location where they saw them lying lifeless in a room.
“The building was cordoned off, while Enugu East Local Government Health Authorities were contacted for examination and evacuation of the bodies.
“However, in the course of disinfecting the building before the evacuation, the only son of the family, Arinze Onyekwe, was found to be in coma.
“Arinze was immediately rushed to the hospital where he is said to be recovering,” he said.
According to him, corpses of five members of the family have been evacuated to the hospital for autopsy.
“Other members of the family whose bodies have been evacuated to the hospital for medical autopsy included: Dominic Onyekwe, husband; Chinaza Onyekwe, wife, who is suspected to be pregnant; Chioma, Oluebube and Blessing their daughters,” he said.
The police spokesman said that the commissioner of police had ordered investigation to ascertain the cause of their death.