Tragedy struck on Sunday night as generator fumes reportedly killed a newly wedded couple in Ikot Omin on the outskirts of Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The couple, Bassey Effiong, 27, his wife, Glory, 21, and her 16-year-old younger sister, Emem, were said to have packed to the house yet to be completed by Bassey, shortly after their wedding.
“When he got married, he decided to work on one of the rooms and moved in, while hoping to gradually complete the house,” a neighbour to the couple told Vanguard.
The incident happened when the couple turned on their generating set and placed it on the corridor close to the room, where they slept butlarge amount of fume from the generating set was said to have subsequently gained entry into the room, suffocating the couple along with Emem, the wife’s younger sister.
Several hours later, a naval officer, David Ekanem, Bassey’s uncle who said he went there around 5 p.m. on Monday after he called Bassey’s mobile number several times without response, discovered they were dead.
“I knocked several times on the door but there was no answer, so I had to force the door open. It was then I saw my nephew and his wife along with the young girl lying dead,” the Naval officer said.
Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Cross River State Police Command, Mr Hogan Bassey, said the matter was reported by the naval officer and the bodies were evacuated to the Infectious Disease Hospital mortuary, Edgerly Road, Calabar.