The environ of Amasiri in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was thrown into mourning after a bridegroom identified as Chukwuemeka Onwuka, slumped at the reception venue and later died in the hospital.
According to the report, the deceased was getting married to one Miss Onyinyechi Amadi Ugbor of the Ihie village in the Amasiri community.
Onwuka was an ophthalmologist, who hailed from Item in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed that the bridegroom had first danced with well-wishers and family members at the reception venue.
The source stated further that thereafter, the master of ceremonies announced that a missing wristwatch had been found and called on the owner to come for it.
The source said, “Nobody came out to collect the wristwatch. So, the second round of dancing was announced and as the bridegroom approached the dance floor, he fell down and started foaming in the mouth.”
“He was carried outside and was being fanned by people, but there was no sign of recovery. It was at that point that it was suggested that he should be taken to hospital.”
It was reported that he was rushed to the hospital, where the doctor on duty referred him to the Mater Hospital, Afikpo.
“Yes, he was seen on Thursday very healthy. This incident happened on Saturday at the Amasiri Central School. So, I can tell you that it is either the bridegroom or the bride disappointed someone and the person saw the wedding as an opportunity to avenge,” a close family source said.
The Divisional Police Officer, Afikpo, Mr Patrick, while speaking on the incident noted that such a report had not reached his office.
But the Ebonyi State Neighbourhood Security Watch confirmed the incident.
Its Chief Security Officer in the area, Mr Godwin Orji, while speaking on the incident stated that Onwuka’s death was a shock to the entire community.