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Police arrest palmwine tapper over son’s death

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ENUGU State Police Command has arrested a 75 year-old palm wine tapper, Camillius Onah, over the death of his son after allegedly drinking his product, the Public Relations Officer of the state command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, has said.

In a statement in Enugu, Amaraizu said that the incident occurred in Ebor Village in Ehalumona community in Nsukka Local Government Area on April 24.

“A 75-year old palm wine tapper identified as one Camillius Onah from Ehalumona community in Enugu State is now in hot soup over an alleged death of his son, identified as one Nnabuike Onah, after taking his tapped wine.

It was gathered that on that fateful day, the deceased alongside his friends bought palm wine from the suspect (his father) and went to nearby corner for relaxation.

“It was further gathered that shortly after drinking the said palm wine, the deceased and his friends started stooling blood.

“Consequently, the deceased became unconscious alongside his two friends, identified as Osita Eze and Obetta Akeke, after complaining about stomach upset.

“As the issue became severe, the deceased and his two friends were rushed to a nearby hospital where a doctor on duty later confirmed the deceased, Nnabuike Onah, dead, Amaraizu said the two others were still recovering in the hospital,”.

According to him, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sulaiman Balarabe, has ordered full-scale investigation into the incident. Amaraizu said the palm wine tapper has been assisting police operatives in their investigation, adding that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in a mortuary for medical examination.

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