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Dozens die in Rivers Church stampede

The scene of the stampede in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Photo credit: Channels

About 31 people have died in a stampede at a programme organised by a Pentecostal church, Kings Assembly, at the Polo club in Port Harcourt, Police spokesperson in Rivers State, Grace Iringe-Koko said.

The stampede happened when a large crowd tried to push through a small entrance, according to Channel Television.

The guests were said to have arrived early and found the entrance locked.

However, some athletes arrived and opened a small doorway for a training session, and the large crowd pushed their way through.

A similar incident occurred in Port Harcourt in 2020 during the distribution of Christmas palliatives by an online store.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino; editing by Saadatu Albashir