Due to the strange deaths of about 22 people in Bonny Island, Bonny, and Woji in Obio Akpor local government areas, the Rivers state government has ordered the ban of the consumption of local gin popularly called ogogoro.
According to information gathered, the 22 persons died after consuming dog meat delicacy and local gin popularly called ‘Kai-Kai’ or Ogogoro which allegedly contained poisonous ethanol.
The Director of the Department of Disease Control in the state, Dr. Roland Obed Whyte said the ban became necessary to curtail more people from consuming the toxic substance.
Dr, Whyte further expressed concern over the difficulty in getting samples of the particular gin through clinical analysis because the irate youths of Woji had set ablaze the shop of Friday Dickson, aka Etiaba where the suspected toxic gin was bought and consumed erasing the remaining samples of the gin.
Dickson is presently in the custody of the Police.