Death toll in Rivers’ church stampede rises as police confirm more deaths

A total of 31 persons have now been confirmed dead during a stampede at the venue of an outreach programme put together by a new generation church in Port Harcourt on Saturday morning.

The acting spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the 31 deaths

A church,  the King’s Assembly had reportedly organised outreach to give out palliatives to the underprivileged before the unexpected occurred. Members of the public had been promised gift items and food.

The church is located in the GRA axis of Port Harcourt, but the event was to hold at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, a bigger facility to accommodate the anticipated crowd.

“It is 31 persons that died. It was a stampede because a church was trying to give out palliative.

“They were about to start the event. It was to start by 9 am or so. But some people went there and broke into the place and went inside.

“From the information we have, the church was trying to gift items and food to assist the underprivileged.

“Meanwhile, an investigation has commenced ascertaining the remote and immediate causes of the incident,” Iringe-Koko a Superintendent of Police stated. (The Punch)