At least 31 killed in church stampede in southern Nigeria


The stamped happened as hundreds of people gathered at the church in the Rivers state for food, a police spokesperson said.

At least 31 people have been killed and seven others injured during a stampede at a church event in southern Nigeria’s Port Harcourt city, according to police.

Hundreds of people who had turned up to receive food at the church early on Saturday broke through a gate, causing the stampede, Grace Iringe-Koko, police spokesperson for Rivers state, of which Port Harcourt is the capital, said.

“People were there earlier and some got impatient and started rushing, which led to stampeding. The police are on the ground monitoring the situation while the investigation is on going,” Iringe-Koko told Reuters.

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