Five people feared dead and many injured, following a stampede at the entrance of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo

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Five people were feared dead while scores sustained serious injuries at the weekend following a stampede at the entrance of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

The incident occurred while football enthusiasts tried to enter the stadium.

The fans, who were at the stadium to watch a match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Chipolopo of Zambia were allegedly beaten by soldiers at the gates of the stadium with heavy sticks.

The stampede occured as the crowd tried to avoid the soldiers’ sticks.

The bloodstains were around the gate of the stadium.

Policemen and personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps were seen standing beside some unconscious fans.

Some of the fans vowed never to go to the stadium again, as according to them, they escaped death by the whiskers.

Another fan who identified himself as Chukwudi, said his girlfriend was severely injured by the security personnel manning the gate.

Ambulances were seen conveying injured persons to the hospital.

BY TONY

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