- 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 Rivers state capital.
- Although the church is located in the metropolitan GRA axis, the program was at the Polo Club in the Rivers state capital to accommodate the usual large congregation
- Meanwhile , crowds swarmed the venue as the church invited members of the public to come for its fourth anniversary and receive gifts and food
At least 21 people are feared dead in an early morning raid on a New Generation Church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Daily Trust reports that the incident unfolded during the fourth edition during the distribution of gifts and food at the church.
The witness said that at 6:30 a.m. Friday 27 s some of the invitees this morning, Saturday 28 May, for an event scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m.
A witness provided crucial details
The witness said that some people, who were due to hold a sports session, arrived around 8am and opened the small gate, allowing the surging crowd a chance to gain entry, prompting a stampede, The Punch also reported.
< p class=" align-left">He said:
“The incident happened this morning. The church invited people to its fourth edition of food and gift distribution. Some have been coming since Friday, many others as early as Saturday at 6.30 am.
“The active athletes opened the small gate and the pushing crowd wanted to gain access through the small gate and was trampled on. I counted around 21 dead on the ground.”
He said many victims were taken to an unknown hospital in Port Harcourt.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer Iringe Grace Koko said she was on her way to the scene of the incident to get accurate information.
< p class="align-left">She stated:
“I am issuing a press statement on the incident. It would be released soon.”
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In the statement
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