Over 20 Killed’ in Port Harcourt church stampede

EMERGENCY DIGEST- An early morning stampede at a new generation church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is thought to have killed at least 21 people.

The incident occurred during the fourth edition of the church’s gift and food distribution, according to a witness.
According to the witness, some of the invitees had been arriving since Friday, while others had arrived as early as 6.30 a.m. for an event that was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

According to the witness, some people who were supposed to be at a sports session arrived around 8 a.m. and opened the small gate, allowing the surging crowd to push their way in, resulting in the stampede.
“This morning, there was an incident. The fourth edition of the church’s food and gift distribution was open to the public. Some arrived on Friday, while others arrived as early as 6.30 a.m. on Saturday.
“Those engaged in sporting activities opened the small gate, and the stampeding crowd tried to gain access through the small gate.” He said, “I counted about 21 one dead bodies on the ground.”

Many victims, he said, had been taken to an undisclosed Port Harcourt hospital.

Iringe Grace Koko, the Public Relations Officer for the Rivers State Police Command, said she was on her way to the scene of the incident to get accurate information when contacted.

 

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