It has been gathered that no fewer than seven persons have died early hours of Friday and eight others in critical condition over a yet to be confirmed illness at the New Artisan Market, Enugu. The Chairman of the Livestock Market, Alhaji Danladi Abubarkar, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu.

Abubarkar mentioned that residents of the market woke up to discover the dead bodies which included four men and three women. He said that all the affected persons which included tricycle riders, artisans, and others from different households were stooling and vomiting.

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“The corpses are still in their rooms as we speak. We shall soon proceed to the cemetery to bury the Muslims among them while the Christians will be taken by their relations,” he said.

A correspondent of NAN who visited the market reports that officials of the Enugu State Ministry of Health were already on the ground to investigate the cause of the deaths.

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The health officials came with the emergency operations Hilux van of the ministry. The leader of the team, who pleaded anonymity, described the situation as worrisome as all the deceased were in no way related.

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