No fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead as a result of stampede at Rivers state when President Muhammadu Buhari stormed the state for his campaign rally.
This was even as the President quickly responded, sympathizing with families of the dead ones, promising that their deaths would not be in vain.
The Rivers state Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the death today, Tuesday even as the Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), also confirmed that fourteen persons died while some survivors are under medical attention.
The rally, held at the Adokiya Amasieamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers state, witnessed the stampede as soon as the President made his way out of the venue.
In a statement today, sympathizing with the victims, the Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu said that President Buhari has just been briefed about the tragic death of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a stampede at the presidential campaign rally held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Tuesday.
President Buhari is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and extends deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. He also wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.
The President described the deaths as “needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing” in the oil city that could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
“It is indeed a great tragedy that Nigerians who have important roles to play in shaping the future of the country and had come to see and hear from us how hard their government is working to build a Nigeria of their dreams, would meet their end in this unfortunate circumstance.
“I assure the people, with all sense of responsibility, that the party and the government will do everything possible to ensure the well-being and safety of our citizens as they troop out to attend rallies and all other political events.”
The statement said that President Buhari assured the government and the people of Rivers State as well as the affected families of the support and prayers of the Federal Government during this difficult time.