Over 20 people are feared dead just before the commencement of a program organized by a new generation church in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Though the church known as â€˜Kings Assemblyâ€™ is located in the GRA axis of the state capital, the program was at the Polo Club the to accommodate the usual large congregation
A witness stated that the incident occurred during the churchâ€™s gift and food items distribution to celebrate its fourth anniversary.
According to the source, some people arrived on Friday while others arrived as early as 6.30 am this morning for an event that was supposed to start by 9 am.
“some persons who were supposed to have a sports session arrived at about 8 am and opened the small gate which gave the surging crowd an opportunity to force their way in, resulting in the stampede.
â€œThe incident happened this morning. The church invited people for its fourth edition of food and gift items distribution. Some came on Friday while many others came as early as 6.30 am on Saturday.
â€œThose who were engaged in sporting activities opened the small gate and the surging crowd wanted to gain access through the small gate and got stampeded. I counted about 21 dead bodies on the ground,â€