Rivers: How scores of congregants died in church stampede

Scores of people are feared dead in a stampede just before the commencement of a programme organised by a new generation church in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Though the church known as ‘Kings Assembly’ is located in the GRA area of the metropolis, the programme was held at the Polo Club in the Rivers State capital to accommodate the usually large congregation.

It was learnt that the crowd overstretched the venue as the church had invited members of the public to come and receive gift items and free food for its fourth anniversary.

A source said some of the invitees arrived since Friday evening, while others arrived as early as 6.30am on Saturday for an event that was supposed to start by 9am.

He said most of the victims were taken to the nearby military hospital in Port Harcourt.

“As I speak with you, I have counted 21 corpses at the military hospital. I heard some were taken to a different facility.

“This is not the first time the church is holding this programme, but the crowd since yesterday (Friday) till this morning is too much.

Punch

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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