Nigeria: At least 31 dead in stampede during church food distribution

In Nigeria, more than 30 people were killed in a stampede in the Saturday, May 28, 2022, during a religious event in the south of the country, reports international media.

“At least 31 people have been killed and seven others injured in a stampede during a food distribution organized by a church in southern Nigeria.

“The disaster happened in the town of Port Harcourt, Rivers state,” local police spokeswoman Grace Iringe-Koko said. Local Nigerian media reported that it is an annual charity event titled ‘Free Shopping’, organized by the King’s Assembly Church in Rivers State to donate food and various supplies to the needy on a plot. oil city polo shirt.

The charity program was due to kick off at 9 a.m. (0900 GMT) this Saturday, but dozens of people arrived at 5 a.m. to secure a place in the queue, according to the spokeswoman.

“Hundreds of people who showed up to receive food at the church early Saturday came through a gate, causing the stampede. A total of 31 people lost their lives and seven others were injured,” the statement added. Iringe-Koko police spokesman.

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Video footage showed shoes lying on the ground after the tragedy. The charity event has been suspended and the Nigerian authorities have opened an investigation to determine the exact circumstances of the tragedy.

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