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8 Persons Feared Dead, Including A Pregnant Woman, 6Months Old Baby As Port Harcourt Residents Jostle For Christmas Palliatives Leading To Stampede

by Anita Ogona

At least Eight persons are feared dead following a stampede that occurred on Tuesday morning as thousands of resident Jostle to gain access into the venue of an Online bitcoin Company as residents and its investors  besieged one of its offices in Rumuodara, along the East-West Road, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area In Rivers State

The online blockchain digital assets Charity firm, had invited everyone who registered with them to come to Rumudara in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state to pick their Christmas palliatives but things took a different turn when the crowd became uncontrollable as people struggled to gain access to the office premises, leading to the stampede

We gathered that the organization had invited its registered members to receive their Christmas package at the location on Tuesday but those who are not even registered with the firm identified as Inksnation, also turned up for the event, which explains the mammoth crowd. They were asked to come to the inksmarket at Rumudara to buy goods worth N24 for registering with N2,000.

One Inksnation members said that many people showed up for the package and were in a hurry to access the building. she said the fault is not the company because we were told to come by 10AM but people came here as early as 5 AM, this morning by the time I came around past 6PM, I had to push my way to get to the front.

An online viral video on the situation shows some of the victims with bruises, while others collapsed from being stepped on. Another eyewitness told our correspondent that hundreds of registered members of the platform were struggling to gain access to the office, which resulted in the stampede. He said the bad thing is that the security man just tried to open the gate to allow a motor cycle to drive inn and the crowd just thronged in and tried to push their way in before the security managed to control that first one, He explained that the crowd grew out of patient and decided to take their destines into their hands by pushing through to get into the premises. Before we know it people started falling like pack of card and things got bad.

Another eyewitness who escaped the stampede narrates his experience.
Ben Worlu explained that he invested in the company which he he vehemently refused to admit that it is another ponzi Scheme. He said Inksmarket is an online marketing that you can only use the money in your wallet to purchase goods but the money can not be withdrawn.
I learnt there was also stampede in a northern state where similar exercise took place yesterday. One person was said to have died there.
he said a pregnant woman died in the stampede in PH. Her husband is jobless. The deceased is the one that registered and she asked her husband to escort her to the place to carry the goods only for him to return without his wife and unborn baby.
I learnt there is another one coming up in March. But with this development, it may not hold again.
Meanwhile the Rivers State police command has confirmed the death of two persons at the stampede, in a statement released by the PPRO Of Rivers State Command Nnamdi Omoni 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 Organization 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, while some sustained various degrees of injuries and are currently receiving medical attention.
Meanwhile the situation is under control. The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G Mukan psc (+) has instituted immediate probe into the unfortunate incident with a view to ascertaining the circumstances and bringing persons found culpable to justice.
Further developments will be communicated accordingly. Pls
SP Nnamdi Omoni

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