No Foul Play, Generator fumes killed Family of Five in Anambra – Police Gives Update

The Nigeria Police Force, Anambra State Command has given an update on the death of a family of five at Oze village, Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.The police explained that there was no foul play in their deaths.Recall that Ifeanyi Okoh, a trader, his wife, Chiamaka, their two children and his mother-in-law, were celebrating their first night in their newly built home on July 17, when the unfortunate incident occurred. The couple’s four-day-old baby survived.Spokesperson of the command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the development in a statement on Friday, July 28, said an autopsy conducted on the corpses revealed they died as a result of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator left running inside the house. “On 17th July, 2023 at about 0400hours the lifeless bodies of a family of five were discovered in a bungalow at Oze Village, Nkwelle Ezunaka. Information in the public domain had it that they died the first night they moved into the new building,” the statement read. “Names of the deceased were given as Ifeanyi Okoh, 35 years from Akebugu, Enugu State; his wife Chiamaka Okoh, 27 Years; Two of their children, Chinecherem Okoh, 3 Years, and Catherine Okoh, 2 Years as well as the mother of the wife, Anthonia Onwukube aged 56 years,””A visit to the scene of the crime revealed a generator connected to the house electricity grid and kept in a confined space without proper ventilation.”An autopsy conducted on the corpses revealed the cause of death to be carbon monoxide poisoning. They were killed by fumes from the generator.”The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye, while commiserating with the bereaved families wishes to advise the public on the terrible dangers of operating generators indoors as carbon monoxide which is emitted in the fume is a deadly gas that has wiped out several families due to ignorance. Generators are to be kept in well-ventilated spaces while in use. “He assures that the Command will continuously sensitize the public to domestic hazards that may claim life in order to reduce such unnecessary and avoidable deaths.”