No fewer than five persons have died on Thursday during a stampede at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
According to an eyewitness, Tanko Yusuf, he said that the stampede happened as President Muhammadu Buhari was entering the stadium and the party’s supporters, who were locked outside, were trying to catch a glimpse of the President.
He stated, “I was standing at the popular stand of the stadium when suddenly I saw some people going down and being trampled upon by a mammoth crowd who forced their way into the stadium as the President’s convoy was making its way into the arena.
“I can’t confirm how many people were killed in the stampede, but many people were rushed into an ambulance and other security vehicles after the incident.”
Also, the Public Relations Officer of the state Specialist Hospital, Mrs Dorcas Philemon, told journalists that five corpses were brought to the hospital.
“Five corpses believed to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress were brought to the hospital and deposited at the morgue,” she said.
Buhari at the rally in Jalingo promised to complete the Mambilla hydropower project if re-elected.
He also said he would tackle poverty and make sure Taraba farmers had access to fertiliser at a subsidised rate.
National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, described Buhari as the only honest man among the presidential candidates and urged the people of Taraba to vote for him.