No fewer than five people died and many other sustained serious injuries on Thursday at the Jolly Nyame,Stadium Jalingo,Taraba State,during the APC presidential campaign rally.
According to an eye witness who explained that the death where as a result of s stampede which occurred as President Buhari was entering the stadium,large crowd perceived to be the party Supporters rushed into the stadium to catch a glimpse at the President.
“I was standing at the popular stand of the stadium when suddenly I saw some people going down and being trampled upon by a mammoth crowd who forced their way into the stadium as the President’s convoy was making its way into the arena.
“I can’t confirm how many people were killed in the stampede, but many people were rushed into an ambulance and other security vehicles after the incident.”
Also speaking on the incident, The State Public Relations Officer Mrs Dorcas Philemon, added that “Five Corpses,believed to be Supporter s of the All Progressive Congress,were brought to the hospital and deposited at the morgue”
However, The President according to the Statement released by his media aide,Garba Shehu,who quoting the president stated that
“I always feel very sad and distressed when ordinary Nigerians who love me and our party because of what we stand for and have done, make personal sacrifices by taking the pains to show their support, end their lives tragically.”
“I want them to stay alive and witness the dividends of purposeful governance that the APC administration will unfold when they renew our mandate,” he said.
The All Progressive Congress,reacting to the incident,expressed their grief for the lost souls in a statement released to DAILY POST on Thursday in Abuja,by the party’s Spokesman,Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.” Our great party is deeply pained by this great loss.
“We pray for the dearly departed and express our deep condolences to their family members, loved ones and the good people of Taraba State.
“We also pray for the speedy and full recovery of our dear supporters who suffered injuries in the sad incident caused by overcrowding.
“Going forward, we will ensure that improved crowd control measures are put in place to as much as possible prevent a recurrence of this sad incident.”