More than 30 churchgoers were killed and others injured when a stampede broke out at a church charity event in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
According to police and security officials in the southeastern Nigerian city, most of the casualties were children.
The incident took place at a local polo club, where the nearby Kings Assembly Church had organized their annual “Shop for Free” charity program.
Before the distributing of gift items, there was a stampede due to overcrowding and most of the children got caught up in the stampede.
The donation drive had not yet started when the stampede took place when the crowd forced their way into the venue, despite the gates been closed.
Thirty-one people have been confirmed dead, seven injured people were hospitalized after the incident.