Most of the victims were children.

The incident took place at a local polo club where the nearby Kings Assembly Church organized a fundraiser, according to Olufimi Ayodele, regional spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Defense Corps.

“During the distribution of gifts, there was a rush due to overcrowding,” he said. Most of the victims were children.”

State police spokeswoman Grace Woenjikuru Iring Koko said driving had not yet begun when the stampede occurred. Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko said the crowd entered the venue despite the gate being closed, leading to a deadly attack.

And Wenjikuru Iringi Koko said 31 people had been confirmed dead. She added that seven wounded people were taken to hospital after the accident.

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