The ugly incident happened while football fans were trying to enter the stadium during the World Cup qualifier against Zambia. The fans were said to be beaten by soldiers at the gates of the stadium with heavy sticks.
Punch news reports that the stampede occurred as the crowd tried to avoid the soldiers’ sticks. The newspaper reports that bloodstains were around the gate of the stadium, while policemen and personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps were seen standing beside some unconscious fans.
Fans also claimed they escaped death by the whiskers. A female fan, Aniema Ekong, said, “I thank God that I’m alive. This is not the first time this kind of incident had occurred. In fact, in every major tournament, there is always a tale of woes to tell about security agents injuring or killing people.”
The bloodstains were around the gate of the stadium.
Ambulances were seen conveying injured persons to the hospital. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Elkana Bala, however, claimed that no one died.
“It is confirmed that nobody died. But some persons were injured while struggling to gain access into the stadium. The injured persons were taken to hospital for medical attention,” he told the newspaper.