Rivers stampede: Humanitarian affairs ministry begins assessment – Minister

Rivers stampede: Humanitarian affairs ministry begins assessment – Minister

By Collins Yakubu-Hammer, Abuja.

 

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, says her ministry has begun assessment of the weekend stampede in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 

Mrs Nneka Anibeze, the Special Assistant on Media to the minister, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

 

According to Farouq, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has moved to ensure an effective intervention concerning the victims.

 

Scores of worshippers reportedly died, while several others were injured during the stampede at a religious event held at the Port Harcourt Polo Club during a church programme.

 

The church programme tagged “Shop for Free” was organised by a church to help the less-privileged and give them gifts and other food items for free.

 

Farouq, who expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident, disclosed that NEMA was already on ground to assist in the rescue efforts and take survivors to hospital for treatment.

 

“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.

 

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Rivers, as well as families of the victims.

 

“We pray for the repose of the souls of the dead,” the minister said.

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