Scores of people are believed to have died in a rush immediately before the start of a program organized by a new generation church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State’s capital.
Regardless of the fact that the ‘Kings Assembly’ church is located in the GRA axis of the metropolis, the event was held at the Polo Club in the Rivers State capital to accommodate the typical huge attendance.
The church had asked members of the public to come and collect gift goods and refreshments for its fourth anniversary, thus the crowd had outstretched the venue.
According to a source, some of the invitees arrived on Friday evening, while others arrived as early as 6.30 a.m. on Saturday morning for an event that was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
He stated that the majority of the injured were transferred to a neighboring military hospital in Port Harcourt.
“As I speak with you, I have counted 21 corpse 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 much.
“It was said that gift items and free food would be served. It is very painful,” the source who pleaded anonymity stated.
It was learnt that the small gate leading into the venue was pushed open on Saturday morning to enable them occupy good positions leading to a stampede.
When contacted, the acting spokesperson of the state Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident, but could not give a figure just yet.
“I am doing a press statement on the incident. It would be released soon,” she stated.