After consuming locally-made alcohol, popularly known as Ogogoro, no fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead in Imo State. drinking Ogogoro in Imo.
According to the report, the incident happened on Thursday at a popular drinking joint of one Uwadiegwu Eze, in Imerienwe community, Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area, LGA, of the state.
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An indigene, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, disclosed that the owner of the bar, where the incident happened, had absconded. He said the survivors are in an intensive care unit of a hospital along Egbu Road, Owerri, while the remains of the dead ones have been deposited in a mortuary in Nguru, Ngor Okpala.
Commenting on the incident, a community leader, identified as Agbara Emma, said the victims started complaining of stomach pain few minutes after taking the drink and that the story changed by Saturday.
He gave the names of those who died as Chibuzor Nwosu, Ifeanyi Nkwocha, Ada Danganer and Friday Osuji. The community leader added that Chinonso Amadi, Nnadi Ike, Udoka Ukaegbu, Fineboy Ekeocha, Chiaka Ukaegbu, Onyemauche Igbo, Aboy Amadi, among others, survived after taking the gin.
However, while some were of the view that the locally-made gin was poisoned, others blamed the deceased for being in the habit of excessive consumption of Ogogoro.
When contacted by Vanguard, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, said he could not confirm the incident as at press time.
He, however stated that: “We have called the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Imereinwe; he said no such incident was reported.”