SHOP FOR FREE PRESS RELEASE
The King’s Assembly is deeply saddened by the stampede incident that happened in the early hours before the commencement of our benevolence and outreach program called Shop-for-Free at Polo Club, in Port Harcourt on Saturday, May 28, 2022. The purpose of this non-denominational event is to share with the less privileged the gifts provided by our members, friends and partners. Unfortunately, lives were lost and several people sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Our Medical Team have been working with medical volunteers, and the Military Hospital in Port Harcourt to provide emergency medical services to those affected in this incident.
While the incident has been reported to the Nigerian Police Force, the church has commissioned a team of safety specialists to establish the immediate causes of the stampede to enable us provide the authorities all required information in compliance with public safety laws.
The King’s Assembly is a safety conscious organization and will always take the safety of our congregation very seriously. Our Shop-for-Free program was started in 2014 as our annual benevolence outreach, and our choice of the large venue, Polo Club, was to accommodate the projected attendance. This year’s turnout, buildup and the attendant circumstances were absolutely unanticipated. The crowd converged overnight long before the security teams for the event took formation.
We are reviewing our public safety protocol and advance crowd management procedures to persistently ensure that our events are safe.
Further details will be made available to the public, but in the meantime the church is rapidly tracing and engaging the affected families while we encourage our members and friends to hold up the affected families in prayers.
The church emergency phone lines are open to all enquiries:
Director of Administration