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.
”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