Nigeria: at least 31 dead during a food distribution by a church

The disaster occurred in the city of Port Harcourt, in Rivers State. At least 31 people died on Saturday (May 28th) in a stampede in southern Nigeria during a food distribution organized by a church, a local police spokeswoman said.

According to local Nigerian media, the event was organized by the King’s Assembly Church to donate food and various supplies to the needy at a polo ground in the oil city.

In recent years, Nigeria has experienced several tragedies during stampedes linked to food distributions. In 2021, during a food distribution program organized by a humanitarian agency in Borno State, in the north of the country, seven women died after being trampled on by the crowd.

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