Police confirmed the death of two people who were feared dead following a stampede that occurred when members of Non-Governmental Organisation lay siege to one of its offices in Rumuodara, along the East-West Road, near Port Harcourt.
But eight persons were said to be dead.
On Tuesday, the organisation had allegedly invited its registered members to receive their Christmas package at the office premises.
One of the members, identified simply as Chinaza, said many people showed up for the package and were in a hurry to access the building.
She stated that the situation led to a stampede, adding that people stepped on others in order not to miss the palliative.
“Many were injured in the pandemonium,” she added.
An online video shows some of the victims with bruises, while others have collapsed and were seen trying to be rescued.
However, spokesman of Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the Commissioner of Police has ordered a full scale investigation into the incident.
Omoni in a statement said, “I can confirm the incident of this morning, at an event centre, along the Rumuodara axis of the East/West Road, Obio/Akpor LGA, where palliatives were being distributed by INKSNATION, a Non-Governmental Organisation to her registered members from Ikwerre, Emohua and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas, when suddenly there was a stampede leading to the death of two people.
“Some sustained various degrees of injuries and are currently receiving medical attention. Meanwhile, the situation is under control. The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan has instituted an immediate probe into the unfortunate incident with a view to ascertaining the circumstances and bringing persons found culpable to justice.”