Ridwan Issah Alhassan
The Manhyia Police Command has commenced immediate investigations into circumstances under which nine people died after a stampede at the Asawase Community during Eid celebrations.
Nine celebrants, including five females and four males, were pronounced dead upon arrival at the Manhyia Government Hospital after they were said to have suffocated from the stampede at Thursday dawn.
The incident has also resulted in six people sustaining various degrees of injuries.
The cause of the unfortunate incident is yet to be established but the Manhyia Divisional Commander, Supt. Andane Ameyaw, who confirmed the incident in an interview, said his outfit had launched immediate investigations to unravel the cause of the disaster.
According to him, he received a distress call around 3 am on Thursday about the incident at the Asawase Community and quickly dispatched men to the scene.
He said upon arrival, they witnessed a horrible scene of hundreds of celebrants struggling for breath whilst others lay on the floor dead.
According to Supt. Andane, the police do not suspect any act of violence though it will be early to conclude until investigations were completed.
He pointed out that the Asawase Community Centre was limited in terms of capacity, stressing that it was not advisable to pack large number of people there.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Sheikh Abdul Muumin Harun, has described the incident as unfortunate and prayed for Allah to grant mercy to the deceased.
He expressed worry that despite several efforts by elders in the Zongo community to discourage all forms of excessive celebrations, some of the section of the youth appear reluctant in heeding to the advice
Our reporters are on the ground and would be updating our readers in shaa Allah