Stampede at SCOAN Ikotun leads to 3 deaths

A stampede at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, Lagos state ended with 3 people losing their lives.

The stampede occurred on the 10th of December, during the church’s healing service. The church’s general overseer, Pastor T.B. Joshua had been present for a healing service, and worshippers had come out en masse to meet him.

The three people who fell down in the stampede were taken to the Isolo General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead. Two of them were reportedly identified as Emeka Okonkwo and Emmanuel Oherin.

“It was the church’s annual deliverance and healing programme. Usually at this time, the church becomes a beehive of activities as people come in their thousands to see the prophet for miracles,” an eyewitness was quoted as saying.

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“People lodge in different hotels surrounding the church. And they all arrive at the church very early.

“There is a canopy on the premises where worshippers are screened before they see the man of God.

“However, on Saturday, after being screened, the crowd was much and they started struggling through the doorway to see the prophet. In the process, three people collapsed. They were rushed to the Isolo General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.”

The incident happened barely a day after over 200 lives were lost when the Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, collapsed.

“The story is true. Investigation is ongoing as we await the result of the autopsy. For now, we are treating the case as sudden and unnatural deaths,” Lagos state police public relations officer, SP Dolapo Badmus, said on the issue.