According to AFP at least 31 people were killed and seven others were injured after a stampede at a church function in southern Nigeria’s Port Harcourt city.
According to CNN, the majority of the victims were children.
“There was a stampede owing to congestion during the distribution of the gift items,” Nigeria’s Civil Defense Corps told CNN. “The majority of the victims were youngsters,” he stated.
Hundreds of people showed up seeking food at the church early on Saturday, breaking down a gate, creating the stampede, according to Grace Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko, a police spokesman for Rivers state.