A stampede involving tens of thousands of people occurred during a Political campaign rally at Port Harcourt’s stadium, Nigeria.
A number of people were killed with others injured in a stampede at a campaign rally for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, local officials say.
As reported by BBC Africa, the incident happened at a stadium in the southern city of Port Harcourt when the crowd surged towards a gate after President Buhari’s speech.
Nigeria holds an election on Saturday in which Mr Buhari is running for his second term.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar is seen as Mr Buhari’s main contender.
The incident happened after President Buhari delivered his speech shortly after 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium, local media reported.
Most of the victims are reported to have fallen and been trampled as the crowd tried to force its way through a partially locked gate to follow Mr Buhari as he left the arena.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.
Mr Buhari’s office later said that the president had been informed about “the tragic deaths of several members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party in a stampede”.
Source: Global Media