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Church Stampede: Ngige Visits Survivors In Hospital, Wants Independent Investigation

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

The Campaign Organization of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer in the forth-coming Nov 16 Anambra governorship election, Dr Chris Ngige has insisted on a full public enquiry in the Saturday’s mass killings in Uke, Idemili North LGA.

Dr Chris Ngige

Dr Chris Ngige

Such investigation according to the organisation, must not be handled the way the  mass killings and dumping of scores of Corpses into the Ezu River in the state few months ago by unidentified persons under the watchful eyes of Governor Peter Obi led government.

The investigation,  the organisation, further suggested must be totally independent, saying it is the only way to get undiluted results.

Meanwhile, Dr Ngige has personally gone to condole with the metropolitan archbishop of the Onitsha Catholic Archdiocise Rev. Dr. Valerie Okeke, as well as the spritual Director of the Holy Ghost Adoration Centre Uke, Rev. Fr Emmanuel Obima over the incident.

African Examiner, reports that over 26 worshippers lost their lives during the stampede that happened at the adoration ground.

In a separate letters to the two Catholic clerics,  Ngige, said that the incident was most unfortunate especially when viewed from the standpoint that the innocent victims of the tragedy left their homes hale and hearty to go and get spiritual upliftment from the lord only for them to meet their untimely death.

While on a visit to three hospitals where the bodies of the deceased from the disaster have been confirmed received, Ngige, had announced an emergency first line- fund of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) towards the cost of treatment of those still alive and receiving treatment in the three hospitals.

Ngige, a medical doctor by profession made an initial cash deposit to the management of Crown Hospital on Sunday, after discussing with the chief medical director of the hospital during his visit.

The APC candidate also seized the moment to talk at length with one of the beneficiaries, Miss Chiamaka Ikeora currently in stable condition and receiving treatment.

He also took time to console the anxious relations of the victims and other patients when he visited the injured at the various hospitals were they are receiving treatment.

Not less than 28 persons have so far been confirmed dead according to the management of Crown Hospital Nkpor, Onitsha, who disclosed that some of the  bodies are in their morgue, while some are lying at St. Charles Borromeo Hospital  and  Immaculate Heart Hospital Nkpor, all in Onitsha.



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