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Police to probe APC campaign rally stampede in P/Harcourt

The Rivers State Police Command said it would investigate the stampede at Adokiye Amesiemeka Stadium, Port Harcourt, during All Progressives Congress (APC) rally on Tuesday.

The Spokesman of the command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni,who disclosed this in Port Harcourt, said four people died in the stampede.

“As a command, we will investigate the cause of the stampede. We are hearing different versions as to the cause of the incident.

“At the end of our investigation, we will write our report and any person or group of persons responsible for it will be sanctioned,” he said.

At least 11 persons were reportedly killed at the same Adokiye Amesiemeka Stadium in 2015, during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally.

On Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said 15,000 personnel out of the 16,000 in the command would be deployed to the 23 local government areas of the state elections.

According to him, three policemen are expected to be at a pulling unit during the elections.