25 Killed In Anambra Crusade Stampede

Anambra stampede

At least 25 persons, have allegedly died at a weekly crusade at the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State, in a stampede at the end of the ceremony in the early hours of Saturday. Gubernatorial aspirant in the state, Dr Chris Ngige however said 15 people died.

The crusade, organized by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obinma for prayers, healing and spiritual retreat, attracts thousands of people, but the one that was held Saturday ended in a tragic way.

According to Saharareporters sources, the trouble started after Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra state and his party’s candidate for governor, Willie Obiano, visited the Catholic night vigil.

An estimated 100,000 worshippers attended the crusade because, apart from coinciding with the Feast of All Saints, it was also the first Saturday of the month.

Witnesses said that hundreds of people at the event didn’t recognise the presence of Gov. Obi and his candidate as expected, mumbling that their candidate of choice was All Peoples Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Chris Ngige. Rev. Emma Obinma tried to pacify the congregation, but didn’t succeed.

As soon at the governor and his team left, fracas ensued at the entrance of the Church when the crowd raised alarm that armed men had arrived.

Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra state, DSP Emeka Chukwuemeka, confirmed the incident, but couldn’t confirm the number of deaths.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ngige has blamed the incident on Gov. Obi on his Facebook page, the APC candidate accused Gov. Obi and his APGA candidate, Willie Obiano of inducing the stampede after worshipers booed them.

“The priest in charge, Ebube Mmuo Nso had told Obi that the people already knew whom to vote for so should be left alone. Unfortunately, in the sheer act of wickedness, Obi’s goons charged into the crowd who booed at them and induced stampede, which led to the untimely death of 15 persons, including women and children while wounding many more,” Dr. Ngige said.

Corpses of those who lost their lives have been deposited at Immaculate Heart Hospital and Maternity, Nkpor and Charles Borromew Hospital, Onitsha. Several others who sustained various degrees of injuries, are also receiving treatment in various hospitals in Onitsha.

7 COMMENTS

  1. The Holy Ghost Adoration Ground which is located at Uke town in Anambra State is one of the biggest Catholic prayer groups in Anambra State officiated and managed by Fr. Obimma(Ebube Muonso). The stampede that has caused several false claims from many quarters is quite alarming and it is as a result of this that I’m giving a detailed account of events that transpired.
    Peter Obi,Willie Obiano and the APGA team left the Adoration ground around 3 or 4 am in the morning while the incident happened at the end of the adoration service. After the final blessings and as people will slowly marching to the exit, a mole;supposedly someone positioned at the exit to raise the alarm,started shouting fire fire fire fire from the outside of the arena. Given the large numbers of people slowly moving out of the ground,they hurriedly began rushing back into the adoration ground to avoid the fire;a fire which many of them didn’t even see.
    This caused many of them to be wounded and I was lucky nothing happened to people close to me. Some fainted while others lost consciousness. When the stampede subsided,the bodies were gathered and were prayed for. Many of them rose up after the prayers and sprinkling of the holy water while the remaining were taken to Crown Hospital while one was taken to St. Charles Borromeo hospital Onitsha. Many of the unconscious are regaining stability as at now and we thank God that some professed dead are returning to life;this has brought some amount of joy in front of Crown hospital. This is an individual report and has nothing to do with any political party. This is the state of things and how it occurred at Uke. Bodies numbering between 10 and 30 were carried away from the ground but official statistics and reports is yet to be released from the Adoration ground or from the hospital.

  2. The story about the cause of the fatal incident is false according to other reporters – pls read wide before reaching ur conclusion. May God be gracious unto His children. It is so unfortunate.

  3. the use of any middle-eastern religion to delude, extort and brainwash people–and now kill them–is immoral, obscene, stupid, criminal and meretricious to say the least. it is hard to believe that naijarians are so stupid as to abandon their occupations and chase after any charlatanic pied piper hypocritically called reverend father or “man of God.” again, it is hard to believe that ndi-anambra, of all people, do not yet realize that in the western world, in this twenty-first century, religion has all but totally run out of justification. crooks are still using it in naijarian to acquire wealth and power/influence. people have left–still leaving the churches in droves–in europe and america but in naijaria these crooks and cheats are still “catching flies in superlative numbers” including, surprisingly, those supposedly educated. after bishop bling of limburg was let go by pope francis, those worse than him in naijaria are still waxing strong. can somebody please let pope francis know the state of affairs in naijaria people are still paying serious money in naijaria to acquire one church position or the other in order to make money and indulge themselves. those who have been rescued from the deceptions of dibias and umudioka crooks have now been handed over to the knavish crooks who make false claims of raising the dead, restoring amputated hands, curing aids and helping the women they “rape” to secure husbands. btw, has the other murderous sexual pervert called “most reverend ‘king'” been executed yet??? the last time we checked he was still being protected by the naijarian factor and he is still literally reigning in kirikiri. naijarians, ndi-anambra in particular, wake up!! chi efogo!!! enough of this religious nonsense.

  4. Here is the true story of what happened.

    Peter Obi,Willie Obiano and the APGA team left the Adoration ground around 3 or 4 am in the morning while the incident happened at the end of the adoration service.

    After the final blessings and as people will slowly marching to the exit, a mole; supposedly someone positioned at the exit to raise the alarm, started shouting fire fire fire fire from the outside of the arena.

    Given the large number of people slowly moving out of the ground, they hurriedly began rushing back into the adoration ground to avoid the fire; a fire which many of them didn’t even see.

    This caused many of them to be wounded and I was lucky nothing happened to people close to me. Some fainted while others lost consciousness.

    When the stampede subsided, the bodies were gathered and were prayed for. Many of them rose up after the prayers and sprinkling of the holy water while the remaining were taken to Crown Hospital while one was taken to St. Charles Borromeo hospital Onitsha.

    Many of the unconscious are regaining stability as at now and we thank God that some professed dead are returning to life; this has brought some amount of joy in front of Crown hospital.

    This is an individual report and has nothing to do with any political party. This is the state of things and how it occurred at Uke.

    Bodies numbering between 10 and 30 were carried away from the ground but official statistics and reports is yet to be released from the Adoration ground or from the hospital.

  5. Pitiful,May God grant them second chance to live because they are innocent,I believe they only went to seek the face of GOD for their problems

  6. Rip to the lost souls. Problems created or unresolved by Government drove people to churches,yet government is following them there.

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