Sources reveal that the cause of the Asawase Sallah stampede was a fight that broke out among some youths in the area
About nine people unfortunately lost their lives in a stampede that ensued during a Sallah celebration at the Asawase Community Center in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. According to reports, those who died comprised six females and three males. Also, those injured are currently receiving treatment at the Manhyia hospital.
Sources reveal that the cause of the Asawase Sallah stampede was a fight that broke out among some youths in the area. It was in a bid to for people to rush out of the community centre, that the stampede occurred. Speaking to the press after the bizarre incident, Member of Parliament for Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, said that such fights among youth groups characterised such big events.
It still remains uncertain the exact cause of the stampede. Some sources say there was a sudden power cut inside the club which caused panic and a madrush for the exit. Another report said ‘a noise like a gunshot’ was heard from the meter right before the power cut, leading to the panic.
The event at the Community Center reportedly began at 8pm and with the Center overcrowded with a reported 200 to 300 people in attendance which is obviously the reason why there were casualties from the rush.
MP Muntaka explained that the youth in the area are fund of creating fun groups during the celebration, and that due to the recurring fights emanating from such groups, authorities announced that the carnival would not last more than 8:30pm. But a group had relocated from the carnival environs into the Asawase community centre, which was where the stampede occurred.
The police is still investigating the matter.