A stampede during the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, on Tuesday claimed lives of fourteen people.
Concise News learned that gates of Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium where the event held were locked on arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari and people who tried to exit were trampled upon.
Eight people who sustained injuries at the stadium have been evacuated and taken to the hospital for treatment.
A similar incident on Thursday during the party’s presidential rally in Jalingo, Taraba capital also claimed the lives of about two persons.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, who confirmed the incident, said the deaths were caused by overcrowding at the Jolly Nyame stadium where the rally held.
In a statement, Buhari expressed sadness over the incident, saying he wished they were alive to “witness the dividends of purposeful governance” if and when he is re-elected.
“I always feel very sad and distressed when ordinary Nigerians who love me and our party because of what we stand for and have done, make personal sacrifices by taking the pains to show their support, end their lives tragically,” Buhari had said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that four persons were receiving treatment at a hospital.
Omoni said, “I can confirm to you that four persons died as a result of a stampede at the stadium on Tuesday. Four other persons are currently receiving treatment in a hospital.”
The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, confirmed that 14 dead bodies were brought in on Tuesday.
The Public Relations officer of UPTH, Kem Daniel-Elebiga, confirmed this to reporters on Tuesday.
“Yes, 14 dead bodies were brought to the hospital this evening from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium. I cannot ascertain the number persons at the Accident and emergency Ward,” he added.