Church Tragedy! Faithfuls Are Crushed To Death In Anambra State

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Nigeria-police-logoChurch Tragedy! Faithfuls Are Crushed To Death  In Anambra State-More than 25 people who were attending a religious weekly retreat in Anambra State are feared dead as a stampede ensued just as the ceremony was ending.

The gathering persons were the religious faithful who had attended the weekly crusade   at the popular Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.The incident happened at the end of the ceremony in the early hours of Saturday.

The crusade was a weekly event and was organized by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obinma, as a venue for soul cleansing during  prayers with hundreds attending to receive  healing and Spiritual redemption as the new month of November was ushered in.

The retreat usually attracts thousands of people, who are mostly gathered from different Christian denominations with services commencing on Friday night and vigil running through the early morning.

The special service  held at the weekend was honouring the occasion of  the Feast of All Saints.

The gathering attracted more than 100,000 worshippers with many  attending the crusade to usher in the new month and pray for a trouble-free November. The new month prayer coincided with the Feast of All Saints.

About 200 victims that survived the stampede were taken to hospitals in Onitsha and Nkpor where a lot of them were treated and later  discharged.

The incident occurred shortly after Governor Peter Obi, the governorship candidate for the All progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Willie Obiano; and the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, among others left the place after an all-night church programme.

Obi, who later on visited hospitals, where the survivors of the stampede were being attended to, promised to set up a panel to investigate the cause of the stampede.

Meanwhile the police in Anambra State has commenced investigations into the cause of deaths.

According to sources, the deaths could have resulted from lack of enough space for exit from the venue as the crowd surged after the event and a stampede ensued when people attempted to get out quickly from the venue in order to avoid suffocation. Many of  those who attended  the Holy Ghost Adoration Ground in Uke were not new to the venue.

About 200 victims that survived the stampede were taken hospitals in Onitsha and Nkpor where a lot of them were treated and discharged.

 

The incident occurred shortly after Governor Peter Obi, the governorship candidate for the All progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Willie Obiano; and the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, among others left the place after an all-night church programme.

 

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Obi, who later on visited hospitals, where the survivors of the stampede were being attended to, promised toset up a panel to investigate the cause of the stampede.

The Anambra State Police

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About 200 victims that survived the stampede were taken hospitals in Onitsha and Nkpor where a lot of them were treated and discharged.

 

The incident occurred shortly after Governor Peter Obi, the governorship candidate for the All progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Willie Obiano; and the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, among others left the place after an all-night church programme.

 

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Obi, who later on visited hospitals, where the survivors of the stampede were being attended to, promised toset up a panel to investigate the cause of the stampede.

The Anambra State Police

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The Police Public Relations Officer for the command, DSP Emeka Chukwuemeka, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Uke that investigations into the cause of the stampede and the resulting death have commenced.

Chukwuemeka confirmed  the incident occurred on the prayer ground in the early hours of Saturday.

The police image maker further said that two Deputy Inspector-Generals of Police, Kachy Ugorji and Philemon Leha, responded to the news by visiting the scene of the incident.

“The number of deaths cannot be ascertained now until we conclude investigations because some persons who fainted were later resuscitated,” he said.

NAN reports that Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and Senator Chris Ngige were among the early callers at the scene of the incident to commiserate with the victims.

Meanwhile, Obi has promised to set up a panel of inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

A statement made available to NAN and signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Valentine Obieyem, quoted the governor as expressing shock over the incident.

The governor promised to take care of the medical bills of the victims.

 

Source: FN

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