DEATH AT BUHARI PRESIDENTIAL RALLY IN PORT-HARCOURT
A number of people have been killed and injured in a stampede at another campaign rally for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The incident repeatedly happened again at a stadium in the southern city of Port Harcourt when the crowd surged towards a gate after President Buhari’s speech.
The incident happened after President Buhari delivered his speech shortly after 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, local media report.
Most of the victims are reported to have fallen and been trampled as the crowd tried to force its way through a partially locked gate to follow Mr Buhari as he left the arena.
Injured people were taken to a nearby hospital.
President Buhari’s office later said that the president had been informed about “the tragic deaths of several members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party in a stampede”.
The President described the deaths as “needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing” in the oil city that could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
“I assure the people, with all sense of responsibility, that the party and the government will do everything possible to ensure the well-being and safety of our citizens as they troop out to attend rallies and all other political events,” the President said.
President Buhari assured the government and the people of Rivers State as well as the affected families of the support and prayers of the Federal Government during this difficult time.
The President prayed Almighty God to grant the souls of the deceased repose.