25 Dead and Many Others Injured in Anambra Prayer Ground Stampede

It was a black Saturday as the weekly adoration crusade usually organised by Rev. Father Emmanuel Obinma of the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry for prayers, healing and spiritual retreat at Uke, Idemili North Council Area of Anambra State turned tragic in the early hours of Saturday.

No fewer than 25 persons were reported dead and many others injured following a stampede that erupted during the crusade.

Anambra State Governor Peter Obi who was accompanied to the crusade by 10 others, including the All Progressive Grand Alliance National Chairman Victor Umeh and APGA governorship candidate Willie Obiano among others would have been caught in the stampede if not for the fact that the team left at 3.30 am shortly before the close of the
crusade at about 5:08 am.

25 Dead and Many Others Injured in Anambra Prayer Ground Stampede

About 25 persons were confirmed dead by 3 pm yesterday. Eyewitnesses said trouble started shortly after the event, when the congregation was leaving as a group of people started shouting “Fire’ Fire, Fire,” which immediately sent people scampering for safety.

Some, however believe the commotion was deliberately organised by some people who felt Governor Obi was still at the crusade, even though he had already left the venue quietly.

Following the sad development, Obi immediately cancelled all his engagements, including campiagn flag-off at Nsugbe, live radio programme at Silverbird, flag-off of road projects, inspection of the ongoing shopping mall at Onitsha and ongoing stadium at Awka, the State Capital.

25 Dead and Many Others Injured in Anambra Prayer Ground Stampede

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