A newlywed couple and one of their relations have died from fumes emitted by their generator set at their new house in Ikot Omin, a Calabar suburb, the Cross River State capital.
The couple, Bassey Effiong (27), his wife, Glory (21) and her younger sister, Emem (16), were said to have packed to the house yet to be completed by the late Bassey.
Speaking under condition of anonymity, a neighbour of the late couple said that the house they lived in was still under construction but they rushed to finish a room immediately after their wedding and packed in.
Tragedy struck, Sunday night, when the couple turned on their generating set and placed it on the corridor close to the room, where they slept but fume from the generating set was said to have subsequently gained entry into the room in large quantity and suffocated the couple along with Emem, the wife’s younger sister.
They were discovered dead several hours later by a naval officer, David Ekanem, Bassey’s uncle, who said he went there after he called Bassey’s mobile number several times without response and on getting there at 5 pm, Monday, he met the tragic sight.
“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.