The accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday at Uke, Anambra State.
The state police spokesperson, Emeka Chukwuemeka, told PREMIUM TIMES that the casualty figure has not been confirmed.
”Yes, there was stampede early this morning, some persons are feared dead but the number of persons dead have not been ascertained,” Mr. Chukwuemeka said.
He said the police had commenced investigations into the cause of the stampede.
”I have visited the site. I wouldn’t know whether it was when the governor came or after he left but these are issues that would be resolved after the investigation we just launched has ended,” he said.
The candidate of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, for the November 16 governorship election, Chris Ngige, has, on his facebook account, accused the present governor, Peter Obi, and his All Progressive Grand Alliance candidate, Willie Obiano, of causing the stampede.
”Reports reaching me have it that the APGA campaign train, last night went to the Adoration Ground at Ukeh and induced stampede as Obi’s goons charged at worshipers who booed at them for campaigning at the Holy ground,” Mr. Ngige said.
The post also stated that the priest in charge had earlier told Mr. Obi that the people already knew who to vote for and that he need not worry over that.
”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 sheer act of wickedness, Obi’s goons charged at 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,” he said.