The remains of three members of the family out of seven that died from an alleged poisoned suya/juice in Umuahia, Abia State on
25th of August, 2021 has been laid to rest in their compound at Amadike, Akanu, Bende LGA of Abia State.
Friends and family members trooped in their large numbers to the burial venue to console the family and render assistance for a successful burial.
Victor Chinedu Okechkwu, a 200L student from the Department of Public Health, Abia State University, the eldest son of the diseased spoke to candidreporters.com recalling how the ugly incident happened.
In his words; “I was in school when I got the call that my father and two siblings were dead, including four kids that came for holiday in our house.”
For the records, a total number seven persons lost their lives same day, four were relatives who came visiting for holidays. The youngest among the dead was said to be three-year-old.
The buried Yesterday Friday, 29th October 2021, were, Sunday Okechkwu Ogba(52), Chigozirim James(17), Eberechi Precious (14).
The wife of the deceased, Mrs. Okechkwu in her speech during the funeral service explained the kind of husband and family she had and expressed hope for resurrection according to her Christian faith.
In her words: “It is true that they are gone, one day I will meet them face to face.
“My late husband is a man with a kind heart, he doesn’t like anything that disturbs himself or anyone.
“They call him SECO, that’s the name of our company. If he works for you, and you are satisfied with his Services, that is when he demands for his pay. But since it has happened like this, I plead with all his clients to also take heart.
“You see that my son, he goes to work with his Dad but since it has happened this way in the sight of God, that the three of them are lying side by side today, for me, when Christ will come, I have the faith that I will meet them face to face.
‘Before now, we used to pray together always before everyone departs for his or her daily assignment but since it has happened this way, I give God all the glory.” Mrs. Okechkwu said.
According to victor, “three have been buried in September after the incident happened. The three buried today are my father, my younger brother, and my younger sister.
Victor added; “My mom told me that my father bought suya and juice while returning from work after eating it, the crisis started. My mother lost consciousness. My sister called me in the morning because she was still conscious, she said everybody in the house is dead, their body is stiff.”
“So I started calling persons who came and took my mom to the hospital because she was still alive victor revealed.
“My Dad was the bread winner of the family, leaving us like this, I don’t know how we will cope. I wish the government of Abia State can still intervene financially to move on with our lives.” Victor added.
Victory said the Abia state government intervened by ensuring that autopsy was carried out to ascertain the real cause of the multiple over night death.
He also added that he has been informed that the result of the autopsy is out but yet to collect it due to the hectic burial arrangement.
The police public relation officer, Abia state command, Geoffrey Ogbonna spoke to BBC Pigin and candidreporters.com affirming that investigation was made to ensure autopsy was done but yet to know the result of the autopsy from the family.