At least 31 killed in stampede in southern Nigeria

At least 31 killed in stampede in southern Nigeria

Abuja: At least 31 people were killed in a stampede at the venue of a church program in Nigeria’s southern city of Port Harcourt in Rivers State on Saturday morning, the Nigerian police said, Xinhua reported.

Police spokesperson Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the casualties in Port Harcourt, the state capital, and said that one local church organized the outreach to give out palliatives to the underprivileged in society when the tragedy occurred.

“In all 31 people died. It was a stampede because a church was trying to give out palliatives,” Iringe-Koko said.

The event was scheduled to start by 9 am local time, but some people went there earlier and broke into the place, resulting in the stampede, said the spokesperson.
UNI

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