By Our Correspondent
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have begun assessment of the stampede which occurred in Rivers State at the weekend.
Scores of worshippers reportedly lost their lives and many others injured during a stampede at a religious event held at the Port Harcourt Polo Club while rushing to get giveaways during a church programme.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has expressed sadness over the disaster and said that NEMA was already on ground to assist in recovering bodies and taking survivors to hospital for treatment.
In a statement she issued on Sunday night, the Special Assistant on Media to the minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, quoted the ɓinister as saying: “Immediately we heard of the stampede, NEMA swung into action through the state SEMA and other immediate respondents, including the police, to rescue the injured and those trapped in the stampede.
“Efforts are being made to immediately provide relief for the injured after NEMA’s assessment.
“We thank other rescue agencies of the Federal Government who assisted in rescue operations at the stampede site and send our heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Rivers State, as well as families of the victims.
“We pray for the repose of the souls of the dead.”
The church programme, titled ‘Shop for Free,’ was organised by a church to help the less privileged get gifts and other food items for free.
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