Nigerian Church Stampede Kills 31

At least 31 people were killed after a stampede broke out at a church event in the southeastern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt.

Olufemi Ayodele, a regional spokesman for Nigeria’s Civil Defense Corps said that the stampede occurred during a gift donation drive.

The  “Shop for Free” charity program was organized by the Kings Assembly pentecostal church and was held at the Port Harcourt Polo Club.

Grace Iringe-Koko, police spokesperson for Rivers state said that hundreds of people turned up for the event, and quickly turned chaotic. 

“During the process of distributing the gift items, there was a stampede due to overcrowding. Casualties were children mostly,” said Ayodele.

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