Abia State Government has expressed sadness over the death of seven persons of the same family after eating Suya and some fruit juice.

NEWSMEN gathered that tragedy struck at Umueze, Umuakanu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on Wednesday when seven persons from the same family died after eating the popular barbecue known as suya with an undisclosed juice.

A statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu commiserated with the family and friends of the bereaved and called for calm and patience to enable relevant medical authorities properly determine the cause of death of the seven persons.

”Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed authorities of the relevant medical facility where the surviving family members were treated and discharged to ensure a comprehensive autopsy for those who lost their lives.

”As is the standard practice worldwide, only a proper medical autopsy can determine the cause of death and as soon as the report is available we will make same public.

”The government wishes to call on all citizens and residents to maintain vigilance and remain law-abiding as we have mobilized all relevant agencies of government to properly investigate the incident.

Kalu added that the Governor has fully settled the medical bills of the survivors who are now back home.

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