Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of 31 persons in the latest Port Harcourt stampede.
The stampede took place during an outreach programme organised by a new generation church, Kings Assembly, on Saturday in Port Harcourt.
Vanguard reports that the acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.
Iringe-Kok said that the church, located in GRA in Rivers capital, had invited members of the public to an an event where it would share some gift items to its members, including food stuffs.
Furthermore, she said that the event was held at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, a bigger facility to accommodate the anticipated crowd, including the underprivileged.
The PPRO said the stamped occurred when the people who had gathered struggled to force their way into the arena, which resulted to the death of the 31 persons.