Police launch investigation into death of family of five in Enugu


The Commissioner of Police in Enugu, Ahmed Ammani, has ordered an investigation to unravel the cause of the unnatural death of a family of five in the state.

This is contained in a statement issued in Enugu by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, on Sunday.

Mr Ndukwe said that the incident, which took place at the family’s apartment at Amutenyi village in the Obollo-Afor community of Udenu Local Government Area, was reported to the police at about 9:25 a.m. on September 8.

He said: “The Commissioner has ordered the state Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) to conduct a full-scale investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sudden and unnatural death of a family of five.

“One Mrs Chinyere Odoh, her two children – Udochukwu Odoh, 7, and Chukwuemeka Odoh, 4, and her two sisters, Martina Ezeme and Ngozi Ezeme.

“The Commissioner, while describing the incident as unfortunate and expressing his condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased persons, further directed that the investigation be thorough and concluded within the shortest possible time.”

Mr Ndukwe, however, said that preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased persons went to bed the previous night and were not seen in the morning.

He said that their lifeless bodies were found in two separate rooms they slept in, when police operatives from Udenu Police Division, who swiftly responded to a distress call on the incident, force-opened the doors of the rooms.

“They were immediately moved to the hospital and confirmed dead by doctors on duty, and their corpses were deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy. Further development will be communicated,” he said.