BREAKING: Over 20 feared killed in Port Harcourt church stampede, Nigerians react
- More than 20 people are feared dead in a stampede just before the start of a program organized by a New Generation church in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state.
- Although the church is located in the GRA axis of the metropolis, the program was at the Polo Club in the capital of Rivers State to accommodate the usual large congregation
- Meanwhile, crowds overflowed the venue as the church had invited members of the public to come and receive gifts and food for its fourth birthday.
At least 21 people are believed to have died in an early morning stampede at a New Generation Church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Daily Trust reports that the incident occurred during the fourth edition of the church’s gift and food distribution.
The witness said some of the guests arrived on Friday May 27, while others arrived as early as 6:30 a.m. this morning, Saturday May 28, for an event that was due to start at 9 a.m.
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A witness shared crucial details
The witness said that some people who were supposed to have a sports session arrived at around 8 a.m. and opened the small door which gave the ebullient crowd an opportunity to force their way in, resulting in the stampede, also reported The Punch.
“The incident happened this morning. The church has invited people for its fourth annual food and gift distribution. Some have been coming since Friday while many others have been coming as early as 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
“Those who were doing sports opened the small door and the effervescent crowd wanted to enter the small door and got pushed around. I counted about 21 dead bodies on the ground.
He said many victims were taken to an undisclosed hospital in Port Harcourt.
The police react
Meanwhile, Rivers State Police Command Public Relations Officer Iringe Grace Koko said she was going to the scene of the incident to get accurate information.
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“I am doing a press release about the incident. It will be out soon.”
The Nigerians took the official Facebook page of Legit.ng and reacted to the sad incident.
Otunba Adegoke said
“They went for food which in most cases was no more than 500 naira, but they met their waterloo.”
Chi Ada asked
“I hope they don’t blame the IPOB.”
Ify Busomma Obianyo said
“And Wike is busy campaigning for Obi while his people are starving.”
Adeyinka Ayano said
“The country’s economic situation has made everything turn to ‘survival of the fittest’, leading to loss of life.”
Chioma Adeze said
“Wike has paid his dues, he could emerge as the PDP presidential candidate.”
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“It is indeed devastating…
“Reminds me of locked down covid and palliation period, hunger turned mature people into scavengers,
“What my ears saw that day, my eyes can’t tell all.”
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Mali Idachaba said
“Who should be held accountable for this? Of course the church administration for failing in their duty of care.”
Oluremi Agunbiade said
“This is how poverty has ravaged our country, too sad”
Abdullahi Mohammed said
“It’s so unfortunate. They died at a time when their state governor would have shared $100,000 with every national PDP delegate. What a rarity amid plenty!”
Adefuwa Samuel Adeniyi prayed
“It’s so painful, see what the hunger has caused. God bless us with riches in the name of Jesus.”
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In another development, the death toll in a gas explosion that occurred in Kano state on Tuesday May 17 has risen to nine, according to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
The ministry revealed this in a tweet seen by Legit.ng on its official verified Twitter account.
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National Emergency Agency (NEMA) Director General Mustapha Habib Ahmed also arrived at the scene of the incident, according to the tweet.
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In another story, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos State government announced the closure of the popular Eko Bridge following the fire in the Apongbon area.
According to a statement released by the Lagos State government, it said the bridge would be closed indefinitely.
The statement says:
“TRAVEL ALERT: Eko Bridge has been closed indefinitely by the Lagos State Government due to a fire in Apongbon in the early hours of today.”
It will be recalled that Legit.ng on Wednesday March 23 reported the fire where some nearby vehicles were hit with no loss of life.