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Nigeria: 16 dead as a result of clutter

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — At least 16 Nigerian refugees lost their lives today in a mess during a donation campaign in southeastern Nigeria.

“The incident occurred when the governor of Borno State (Nigeria) was distributing rice, clothes and cash to his country’s refugees who are temporarily stationed in the city of Diffa,” local journalist Mahamadou Mado told AA.

A security source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on media coverage, also confirmed the incident and the number of deaths.

He said the mess happened as people rushed to pick up essentials while security officials stationed at the scene could not control the crowd.

Nigeria’s Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has since been on a tour of the Diffa region since Saturday to inquire about the plight of Nigerian refugees.

Violence and terror in the northeastern states of Nigeria since 2013 has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in neighboring countries, including Nigeria.

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