About 10 persons, including a couple, have died in Bonny, headquarters of Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State after consuming locally-made gin popularly known as Kai Kai.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the victims developed symptoms such as vomiting and weaknesses before they passed on.
A source in Bonny, David Hart, told Nigerian Pilot that the deaths occurred in three locations of Cocoanut Estate, Epelema and behind Police Station.
He said some of the victims in Epelema included a couple who died in their sleep. He said though the community was still investigating the cause, there were indications that the local gin contained adulterated chemical called formalin which is used in processing local gin.
Also, Bonny Youth Leader, Mr. Kingdom Simeon, who put the death toll at 17, said they are currently moving round the communities to stop the intake of local gin so as to forestall further deaths.
Simeon, who informed that the first incident was recorded last Sunday, called on the state government to urgently arrest the situation.
“We have lost close to 17 people as I’m talking with you. We are at present at the Bonny General Hospital where some of them died.
“The doctors are saying it was as a result of intake of a toxic liquid which has been traced to be a local gin that they call Kai Kai in Bonny.
“Right now we are going round the communities trying to put a stop to the sale of it and consumption to prevent more death”, he said.
As at the time of filing this report the Police were yet to confirm the incident.