Tragedy occurred in Swali, Yenagoa at the weekend following the death of a husband, his pregnant wife and a 10-year-old boy after consuming suspected poisonous food.
It was gathered that the food, which they consumed, was prepared by the 35-year-old woman identified as Mrs. Nkem Igwenta.
All members of the family including the 35-year-old husband, Orji Igwenta and a 10-year-old boy, Obinna Ogbani, said to be the cousin of Igwenta, were found lifeless after the poisoned dinner.
Eyewitnesses said two rats, which reportedly ate crumbs of the food, were also found dead in the apartment.
It was gathered that the neighbours, who were thrown into mourning after discovering the incident on Saturday afternoon, alerted the police.
A source who spoke in confidence said: “A great tragedy has occurred at winners Road Swali, it was a black afternoon for us as a complete family is wiped out by food poison,
“Father, pregnant mother and a 10-year old boy that is living with them all died. How their food was poison is still mysterious up till now after they ate their night dinner cooked by the wife. Even two rats that ate the remnants also died. Vengeance belongs to Lord if is done by human enemies”.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, confirmed the tragedy describing their death as sudden and unnatural.
He said: “The landlord of the deceased reported that the deceased one Orji Igwenta ‘m’ 35yrs a native of Ozallah community in Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State and a keke rider was found dead with the wife Mrs Nkem Igwenta ‘f’ 34yrs wife and Obinna Ogbani ‘m’ 10yrs, a brother to Orji Igwenta in their room at the same address.
“Also found dead by their side is a rat which is suspected to have eaten the same poison food with the family”.