Five persons have been confirmed dead in a stampede while residents were collecting N500 alms in Rafindadi Quarters,, Katsina state.
Those that lost their lives included four minors and one 40-year-old woman who were collecting “Zakkat” from one Kamal Ma’a Gafi, a philanthropist and businessman .
However, Police in the state confirmed the incident and said it had arrested Ma’a Gafi, who was giving the alms.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gambo Isah, also said the incident left 14 persons with injuries.
The tragedy happened when hundreds of the alms seekers gathered at the Rafin Dadi residence of Kamal Ma’a Gafai and began a stampede while struggling to get N500 alms.
A Resident of Rafindadi Quarters said the crowd build-up which started at dawn on Sunday as young girls and women thronged into the area in their numbers was at its peak by 7.30am when the stampede occurred as many surged forward to receive the N500 being distributed as charity to the less privileged female.
According to DSP Isah, Gafi is currently in Police custody and that investigation into the matter was on.
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, is said to have paid a sympathy visit to the victims at the hospital where he also condoled with some relations of the deceased persons.