2 People feared dead, 20 others injured at Uyo stadium inauguration in Nigeria

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Uyo – Two persons were feared dead and 20 others injured in a stampede

at the entrance of Akwa Ibom International Stadium on Friday during

its inauguration.

The crowd control was a difficult task in spite of the road blocks

mounted some kilometres away from the stadium.

Although the spectators got tickets to enable them access the 30, 000

capacity stadium, the crowd started thronging the stadium about five

hours ahead of the scheduled time for the match.

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Emem

Bassey, said that two unconscious persons were taken to an undisclosed


"I was told that two persons have been taken to the hospital; these

are perhaps people who were fighting at the gate in their bid to enter

the stadium," Bassey said.

He said that the third unconscious person, a woman, was revived in the

stadium and had started talking.

"It should be expected; this is the first time this is happening,

everybody is excited, everybody wants to enter the stadium.

"We have 150 medical personnel in this place and eight ambulances. All

our medical teams are up and doing and all the clinics are manned,"

Bassey said.

NAN reports that the security operatives at some check points were

using horse whips and tear-gas to control the crowd.

Credit: vangaurd

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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