The Sokoto State government has denied reports that a stampede led to the death of three people on Sunday night as they attempted to collect Ramadan and Sallah gifts from Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko at his residence.
Wamakko’s spokesman, Malam Sani Umar, said the story emanated from some people who do not want the donation of the governor. He insisted that the distribution was done with the assistance of security agencies in the state.
According to SaharaReporters, the burial of one of the victims, Rilwanu Bafashi of Gidan Bahuri, was at the Bye-pass mortuary, Sokoto.
The burial was witnessed by Malam Bafashi, the father of the deceased and other relatives as well as sympathizers who condemned the way the governor risked the lives of many kids by inviting them in their thousands to his residence for the collection of the Ramadan and Sallah Gift.
Young Rilwanu and his friends joined the throng to Governor Wamakko’s residence with the hope of collecting their Sallah gifts.
They joined a long queue upon arrival. When the stampede broke out, Rilwanu fell to the ground and was trampled upon by the mammoth crowd.