According to reports, 14 persons have tragically lost their lives at the just concluded All Progressive Congress Presidential rally held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The rally took place yesterday, February 11 at the Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
The incident happened at around 4pm after President Buhari who was present and was the last speaker at the event had left the stadium with his entourage.
There was a resulting stampede as the crowd attempted to leave the stadium which led to 14 lost lives including 3 middle-aged women, a man lying lifeless on the ground, and 8 injured.
One of the corpses – a middle-aged woman was found by the roadside. In an attempt to save her life by a “good Samaritan” who wanted to rush her to a nearby hospital, it was discovered on the way that she had stopped breathing and her body was heartlessly dumped on the road.
Nnamdi Omoni, the Police Public Relations Officer for Rivers state gave a statement confirming the incident. He also confirmed 4 injured who are currently receiving treatment in one of the hospitals in the state.
He 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.”
The Public Relations Officer for the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH in a statement said:
“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.”
Many were indeed shocked by the incident but a few people have expressed their displeasure with the President openly.
Reno Omokri has posted a tweet blasting the President. The tweet said:
‘Day after 14 Nigerians died at his rally in PH, @MBuhari has not said anything. It is this type of insensitivity that made Nigerians reject him. It is more important for Buhari to secure his 2nd term than to secure Nigerians. May their souls rest in peace. RETWEET your amen.’