The police in Abia on Wednesday confirmed the death of two people, a man and a woman in a brothel in Umuahia.
The Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Mr Nta Ogbonaya, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia.
He said that the two persons were found dead in the early hours of Wednesday in the brothel located at No. 44 Uyo Street, Umuahia.
“The information we got is that many people died in the brothel but on getting to the place, we found only two lifeless bodies and six other persons who were unconscious.”
The Abia state police command image maker told newsmen that the remains of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuary while the unconscious ones, including the manager of the brothel, were taken to the Federal Medical Centre.
He added that the deceased and the six unconscious persons were found in different rooms in the brothel, popularly known as 50-50.
Ogbonnaya, however, said that the cause of the death was still unknown, saying that “an autopsy would be carried out on the deceased to ascertain the cause of their death”.
According to eye witness account, residents of the brothel woke up “running helter-skelter” and screaming that they were attacked by a ghost.
“The ensuing confusion caused stampede among other residents who also joined in scampering for safety,” the witness who pleaded anonymity said.
The police command has however urged residents of the state capital to disregard unfounded rumours and go about their peaceful duties.