Pregnant woman, 9 others injured during stampede at Ihedioha’s inauguration

No fewer than 10 persons, including a pregnant woman, were injured from stampede during Imo Gov. Emeka Ihedioha’s inauguration on Wednesday in Owerri.

A member of the medical team for the inauguration, Dr Francis Igwe, confirmed the figure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri.

The stampede resulted from a huge crowed which besieged the  Dan Anyiam Stadium, venue of the  inauguration. Igwe said, however, that the victims were revived.

He disclosed that the medical team led by Dr Vin Udokwu were proactive to handle the situation.

“When we saw the crowed, we suspected that there may be an emergency situation; we quickly put our personnel and equipment together just to get ready,” he said.

Members of the Red Cross Society were also seen assisting in rescue operations during the stampede.

Before the inauguration, a woman had fainted and was carried away from the field by the medical personnel with a stretcher.

Igwe said that all situations were controlled.