Tragedy struck during a birthday celebration when a 20-year-old man, identified as Chidiebere David, drowned on Thursday night in the swimming pool of a new but popular hotel on Margret Avenue, GRA, Aba in Abia.
The state Police spokesman, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the incident on Friday.
“The man is about 20 years old. His name is Chidiebere David. He accompanied his friends to a birthday party in the hotel and got drowned there. That was exactly what happened,” he said.
Ogbonna however did not say if the police was going to carry out further investigations into the matter.
The deceased was said to have gone with his friends numbering about 16 the hotel to celebrate the birthday of one of them when Chidiebere who hailed from Imo fell into the pool and drowned.
It was learnt that his colleagues did not realise that he had drowned until sometimes later.
When the deceased colleagues saw his body inside the pool and made frantic efforts to save him, they discovered that he had died.
The relatives of the young man were said to have later arrived at the scene, taken his body and deposited at a morgue close to the hotel.
The friends of the deceased were later arrested and whisked into custody same night by policemen from Aba Area Command.