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President Muhammadu Buhari has convened his condolence message to the families of those who lost their lives after APC Presidential Campaign Rally which held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at a popular stadium in the oil rich state.
In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Buhari said he was saddened by the unfortunate incident.
He extends deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. He also wished a speedy recovery to all those injured.
“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 President said.
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.
The President prayed Almighty God to grant the souls of the deceased repose.
Recalled that fourteen persons were confirmed dead after President Buhari left the Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, venue of the campaign on Tuesday.
The persons died in a stampede around the gate of the stadium as the crowd attempted to leave the venue of the campaign, media report says.
Eight other persons were critically injured as they were marched on as people rushed to go home after listening to President Muhammadu Buhari, who was the last speaker at the APC event.
Those who were seen lying lifelessly on the ground include three middle-aged women and a man.
The incident happened around 4pm after the President and his entourage had left the stadium.
A private vehicle owner, who tried to rush one of the victims, a middle aged woman, to a medical facility to save her life, returned her corpse and dumped it on the road after noticing that she had died.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that four persons were receiving treatment at a hospital.
Omoni said, “I can confirm to you that four persons died as a result of a stampede at the stadium on Tuesday. Four other persons are currently receiving treatment in a hospital.”
The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, confirmed that 14 dead bodies were brought in on Tuesday.
May the souls of those who lost their lives rest in peace.