Fourteen people have been killed in a Stampede, while eight others critically injured In All Progressives Congress APC campaign rally In Rivers State.
What started and ended as a colourful rally turned tragic as no fewer than fourteen persons were killed while eight others were injured in a stampede at the pedestrian gate of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta-Ali, Port Harcourt at the end of the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday.
This is coming as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday reassured that he is all out for free, fair and credible elections starting on Saturday.
But contrary to the statement, the Director General of Buhari re-election Campaign Organisation, Chibuike Amaechi, accused Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of lobbying to be returned as governor for a second term.
In response to Amaechi’s threat, Wike has called on Nigerians and the international community to hold the APC and the minister of transportation responsible for any outbreak of violence during the forthcoming elections.
The stampede occurred at the end of the rally when people were rushing out of the stadium through the pedestrian gate.
Some people fell to the ground and were trampled upon by other persons trying to exit from the gate.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Police State Command, Nnamdi Omoni (DSP), confirmed the incident and four deaths to THISDAY.
He said the remains of the dead had been deposited at the University of Port Harcourt mortuary while the injured persons were also taken to the same hospital for treatment.