No fewer than seven persons have died under a mysterious circumstance following continues burning lignite in Umuzu Mbana, Otolo Nnewi in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The lignite which sends out gas with irritating sulphurous odour, has also led to the admission of scores in different hospitals in the area.
President General of the community, Tony Afam Muodielo who made the disclosure in a press statement on Saturday, lamented the devastating effect of a dangerous chemical discovered at a site in that community sometimes in March.
He regretted that government has not done much to save his people from the killer chemical.
According to him, a new dimension to the problem was the smoke from the site that enveloped the entire community with very offensive and irritating odour that subjected residents to suffocation every evening.