by Rachel Ogbu
At least six people have been reported dead in a stampede in Gusau as millionaire, Shehu Danfulani Maidoya in the spirit of Ramadan, tried to give food hand-outs to the poor.
According to reports, people arrived the businessman’s house as early as 5am as they have become accustomed to his philanthropic gesture every Ramadam season.
But the number had made it difficult for those assigned to distribute the food items or to control the crowd, the struggle became unmanageable leading to the tragedy .
It was alleged that some of those scrambling to get a share of the food items succeeded in pulling down the main gate of the building thereby giving access to many others.
Vanguard learnt that as a result of the development, stampede ensued, leading to the trampling of six people to death.
At press time, the corpses of the six people had been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre mortuary, Gusau.
The state Police Commissioner, Mr Usman Gwary, confirmed the death of the six people, adding that normalcy had been restored at the scene as, according to him, the police had dispersed the crowd.