- October 9, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: Akwa Ibom
The Akwa Ibom State police command has urged members of the public to discountenance the purported media report in a national daily that five persons died at the stadium last Saturday during the match between Super Eagles of Nigeria and Chipolopolo of Zambia, rather stating that nine persons were injured as a result of stampede that occurred during the match.
Speaking via telephone interview with our correspondent, Anthony Esin, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer –PPRO, Bala Elkana maintained that no life was lost as insinuated, explaining that minor stampede had ensued when a crowd of spectators who came late tried to force themselves into the stadium after the match started.
When asked whether there was an indication that suspected hoodlums invaded the stadium during the match resulting in the incident, he said there was no such report, adding that most of the people who rushed to enter the stadium which triggered the riot were without the match tickets, but wanted to force themselves in.
According to the PPRO, the police had adopted professional strategy in security and crowd management to put the situation under control thus reducing the casualty rate.
The police spokesman stated that, out of the nine victims who got injured in the stampede, three who were in a bit serious condition were taken to the hospital for medical attention and were since discharged, while all others were given first aid treatment as they sustained minor injuries.