On Monday July 9th, the media was awash with the sad story of nine members of the same family that died mysteriously in their home. Neighbours and other family members attributed their deaths to ‘spiritual’ attack.
But in a counter opinion, the Imo state government said it has finally unraveled the mystery behind the death of the Emekuku family. According to the autopsy result released yesterday by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Obi Njoku, they were killed by generator fume poisoning.
According to the commissioner, the family slept and forgot to switch off their generator set and subsequently died as a result of the generator fume they inhaled while asleep and not by ‘evil spirits’.
Very sad. A whole family wiped out in one fell swoop? Quite a number of Nigerians have died as a result of the same cause- carbon monoxide from power generating sets. If proper infrastructure was in place, this is one death that could’ve been averted. May their souls continue to rest in peace.