No less than one individual was killed and 20 harmed on Saturday in a stampede at Sierra Leone’s stuffed principle stadium with many thousands assembled for the swearing in of the nation’s new president Julius Maada Bio, police and the Red Cross said.
Thousands had persistently lined up since morning to enter the stadium yet then Bio’s supporters attempted to constrain their way through sections reserved for autos of welcomed visitors, starting a police charge and a rush.
“I can just affirm one dead yet more individuals are harmed,” a police official stated, talking at the function which drew visitors like previous football legend and current Liberian President George Weah and the pioneers of Senegal, Mali and Togo.
“The demise figure may rise since we are as yet taking harmed individuals from the stadium,” said Red Cross boss Unisa Carew.
An AFP journalist said there was disarray at the stadium after the stampede however the function experienced in any case.
Bio took office toward the beginning of April after a wild decision crusade, finishing 10 years in length lead by the All People’s Congress (APC).
A previous officer who quickly drove a military junta over two decades prior, Bio got 51.81 percent of vote in a spillover with decision party competitor Damura Kamara who got 48. 19 percent.
Sierra Leone’s economy is as yet recouping from war and malady and stays delicate with financial specialists gradually returning, while defilement is across the board.