No fewer than 31 persons have been confirmed dead during a church charity programme in Rivers State, Port Harcourt.
The church- ‘Kings Assembly’, a new generation church invited members of the public to come and get gift items including food, and clothes to mark its fourth anniversary.
Some of the beneficiaries arrived Friday, while others arrived as early as 6 am on Saturday.
The venue, ‘Port Harcourt Polo Club’, was already flooded with people.
As soon as the bouncers opened the gate, they all rushed in. However, a stampede happened, resulting in the death of some persons.
A source said: “As I speak with you, I have counted 21 bodies 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.
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.