The wife, sister and mother of a groom who died alongside five others in Enugu State, are among eight victims in the hospital.
The groom, Obinna Dieke and five relatives died on Saturday, August 27, at Eka Utara, Adani community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state after his traditional wedding.
The Makurdi, Benue State based businessman, and his relatives returned from the ceremony held in the bride’s home in Obollor-Eke, Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State on Friday, August 26, and continued with the celebration when they returned to Adani.
The following morning, they were all found unconscious in a room with foamy discharge from their mouths.
Sources in the community suspect that the victims died of carbon dioxide inhaled from a power generator, which was brought onto the veranda of a house where the victims stayed while it was raining after they returned from the wedding ceremony.
Speaking to BBC Pidgin, Chinedu Dieke, the younger brother of the groom, said that their in-law, Joseph Ogbonna, and his two sons, Chijindu, and Obinna also died in the tragic incident.
Chinedu said his late brother’s bride, Nebechi, his sister, Goodness and mother of Chijindu and Obinna, are among those receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the community.
He also said their mother (groom’s mother) is hospitalised but responding to treatment.