The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has ordered an investigation into the immediate and remote cause of , Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Okorocha, who gave the order when he visited the bereaved family on Friday in the company of other government officials, said the directive was to unravel the mystery behind the ugly incident. He expressed sympathy over what he called a “colossal loss,” saying that not only the community but the state as a whole suffered because of the death. He said the state government had set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the cause of the death.
The governor said government was collaborating with the police and the State Security Service, SSS, to find out what actually happened.
The governor advised the Nwosu family to remain calm and prayerful and allow the panel to conclude its investigation. He said his government would shoulder the cost of burial of the deceased and help the remaining members of the family.
He expressed concern about the circumstance surrounding the death of the woman and her children, saying that government would leave no stone unturned to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the death.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Imo State, I want to express my sympathy to the family of the deceased. I want to say that the government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the remote and immediate causes of the death are ascertained,” he said.
Earlier, Ikechukwu Emeagha, cousin to the late mother and widow, Gladys Nwosu, said that Mrs. Nwosu died alongside the other seven children after the family consumed an oil bean salad delicacy. He said when their condition became critical; they were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
He appealed to the government to assist the family by unravelling the cause of the death.
Present during the governor’s visit was the only surviving male child of the family, Jideofo Nwosu, who was in Onitsha on the day of the incident.
On May 30, eight members of the Nwosu family, including a mother, three children, three grand children and a neighbour’s child, died after allegedly eating a meal of oil bean salad.