Fourteen persons on Tuesday lost their lives at the end of the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The persons died in a stampede around the gate of the stadium as the crowd attempted to leave the venue of the campaign in a rush.
Eight other persons were critically injured as they were marched on as people rushed to go home after listening to President Muhammadu Buhari, who was the last speaker at the APC event.
Those who were seen lying lifelessly on the ground include three middle-aged women and a man. The incident happened around 4pm after the President and his entourage had left the stadium.
A private vehicle owner, who tried to rush one of the victims, a middle-aged woman, to a medical facility to save her life, returned her corpse and dumped it on the road after noticing that she had died.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that four persons were receiving treatment at a hospital.
Omoni said, “I can confirm to you that four persons died as a result of a stampede at the stadium on Tuesday. Four other persons are currently receiving treatment in a hospital.”
But the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital confirmed that 14 dead bodies were brought in on Tuesday. The Public Relations officer of UPTH, Kem Daniel-Elebiga, told The Punch this on the telephone.
“Yes, 14 dead bodies were brought to the hospital this evening from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium. I cannot ascertain the number persons at the Accident and emergency Ward,” he added.