Bodies of two persons were yesterday retrieved from a popularly brothel called 50-50 Bar on 44 Uyo Street, Umuahia, Abia State. One of the victims was a man while the other was a lady suspected to be a prostitute. Police also rushed six other people, who were unconscious, to an undisclosed hospital.
The cause of the incident was not known at the time of filing the report but a witness, who is also a resident of the area, said panic-stricken prostitutes rushed out of the brothel about 8a.m. and were shouting ‘ghost, ghost, ghost!’. This, according to the witness, drew the attention of passers-by and residents.
He said that from what the prostitutes were saying, the residents concluded that it was an attack by ghosts or spirits. He, however, said nothing of that nature had ever occurred in the area. The witness said the owner of the brothel, a lady, was living in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, before relocating to Umuahia for the business. According to him, the woman bought and renovated the building for the business.
He said the manager was among the unconscious victims of the mysterious attack taken to the hospital. The brothel, a one-storey building, is a modern structure with a bar in the front directly from the street. When our correspondent visited the place, the police, led by the Area Commander, Central Police Station, Umuahia, Onyeke Udeviotu, had cordoned off the place as people gathered on Uzuakoli Road and Owerri Road end to watch.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nta Ogbonnaya Nta, confirmed the incident. He said: “It is a pity what happened at 44, Uyo Street, 50-50 Bar. We recovered two bodies and six unconscious people from the building. We took them to the hospital. Only the doctor can confirm them dead or otherwise.” Nta said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, was at the scene in person after a concerned citizen raised the alarm and drew the attention of the police.
The PPRO said that the two bodies were that of a young man and a lady while the six others were men. He also explained that they were picked in separate rooms. Nta said that about 200 other occupants of the brothel had deserted the place by the time the police arrived the scene.
The PPRO, however, promised that the police would go after the owner of the brothel. Nta said that the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) was investigating the matter.