A total of 31 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds injured in a tragic stampede incident at a Nigerian church event.
The incident occured in Port Harcourt at a church identified as Kings assembly.
The church had organised a monthly outreach event dubbed ‘shop for free’ where they give assorted items to the less fortunate.
Kings assembly church had invited members of the public to get gift items and food stuffs leading to a huge turnout.
According to multiple sources, people started arriving for the event as early as 6 am while other slept at the venue all awaiting gates to be opened at 9 am.
Trouble however ensued when a side gate was opened by a group of sportsmen entering the grounds for their training at Polo club.
The hundreds of people waiting started pushing through to gain access and that’s when the unfortunate stampede occured.
Those killed at the include a pregnant woman and her three children whose images were captured dead near the entrance.
The church has been faulted for not putting up adequate crowd control and safety measures to avert the situation.
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