The brothel is said to be home to over 50 sex workers.
The police Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Nta Ogbonaya Nta, who confirmed the incident said that bodies of the victims had been evacuated and taken to an undisclosed hospital in Umuahia.
He said the dead persons were a man and a woman while the six persons found unconscious were all male, adding that the cause of the deaths was yet to be determined.
"We recovered two lifeless and six unconscious bodies from the building which we took to the hospital. Only the doctor can confirm them dead or otherwise" he said.The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade, had already visited the scene of the incident and ordered an investigation, while the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Central Police Station, Umuahia, Mr. Onyeke Udeviotu, led a team of police men to cordon off the area.
Mr Nta said the brothel had been deserted by the time the police arrived, following the alarm raised by people but he said that the police would interrogate the owner of the brothel. The owner of the storey building housing the brothel was said to have relocated from Port Harcourt to Umuahia after buying and renovating the property.
Residents of Uyo Street claimed that the deceased were victims of “supernatural forces”, as the distraught sex workers were heard shouting “ghost, ghost” at about 8 a.m. yesterday while running from the premises.
Source: Thisday/Abia Breaking News