A married couple died Saturday afternoon at Ahasoyewodia community in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region, after drinking poison in a suicide pact between them.
Sourinneni Suglo, 58, and his wife, Yabinta Suglo, 45, from the Upper West Region, consumed the poisonous substance inside their room and were rushed to the AGA Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
The woman, a mother of five children including twins, was a palm kernel oil maker in the neighbourhood, whilst her husband, who used to work as a miner, was a farm labourer.
Sourinneni Suglo also had three other children with his second wife in his hometown, bringing the number of children to eight, Godwin Kapari, head of the family, disclosed.
While they were drinking at a ‘pito’ bar as early as l0:00a.m, Mr. Kapari said, Sourinneni told his bosom friend, Inusa, that the Dagati tribe in the Ahasoyewodia community would soon play the xylophone and make two tombs and perform funeral rites.
The man, who had bought GH¢1 worth of ‘pito’, took just one calabash of the local wine and proceeded home, Daily Guide gathered.
The family head said he received the news about Sourinneni ‘s death after one of the couple’s children ran to him with a bottle containing a poisonous substance, which was said to have been consumed by Sourinneni and his wife Yabinta, together with akpeteshie.
DSP Yaw Obeng Asubonteng, Acting Crime Officer of the Obuasi Divisional Police Command, who confirmed the story, told Dally Guide the remains of the couple had been deposited at the AGA hospital morgue awaiting autopsy and investigation.
He said the couple committed the act in their room at Ahasoyewodia where they had been residents for years.
The police chief stated that the police did not suspect any foul play at the moment until investigations proved otherwise.
According to him, angles of the case would be investigated thoroughly to ascertain the facts, and asked the public not to believe rumuors surrounding the matter.