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The deaths in Nigeria follow a stampede of aid distribution

The deaths in Nigeria follow a stampede of aid distribution

A large crowd reportedly gathered to receive $3.70 in donations at the event, which descended into chaos on Sunday

At least seven people were killed in a stampede over the weekend during the distribution of aid in the northeastern Nigerian city of Bauchi, local media reported Monday, citing authorities in the West African nation.

Ahmed Wakilin, spokesman for the Bauchi Police Command, said in a statement published by local websites that the victims included four women and three girls aged between eight and 55 years. Six of them were pronounced dead at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital. while the other died at home, police said.

Chaos erupted on Sunday when a crowd of residents gathered at Shafa Holdings Company to reportedly receive 5,000 naira ($3.70) each at a charity event organized by a philanthropist. Such programs usually take place during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are encouraged to give to charity.

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Authorities said they are now investigating the cause of the incident.

The Bauchi rush comes just days after some students were injured during a rice distribution at Nasarawa State University in north-central Nigeria. Last month, the Nigerian Customs Service reported a stampede at its subsidized rice outlet in Yaba, Lagos that left several dead and others injured.

Africa’s most populous country has been plagued by food shortages and economic woes since mid-2023, after President Bola Tinubu scrapped fuel subsidies and a sweeping exchange rate reform when he took office last May. In July, Abuja declared a state of emergency due to food shortages and soaring prices.

The country’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) earlier said the year-on-year increase in food inflation was due to the rise in prices of commodities such as oil, jams, bread, cereals and fish. The NBS reported last week that Nigeria’s inflation rate hit an all-time high of 31.7% in February.

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