A scheduled Sunday church service at the Spintex branch of the Synagogue Church of all Nations has been cancelled due to a stampede which left three men and one woman dead at the church premises on Sunday.
The man of God, Prophet TB Joshua had earlier announced the distribution of anointed water during Sunday’s service on the church’s station, Emmanuel TV.
Hundreds of people reportedly started arriving at the church premises from 8pm last night and before the service could start this morning, the stampede due to the huge numbers at the venue.
According to Citi News editor, Richard Mensah, who was at the scene, the District Police Commander confirmed the deaths and 15 other casualties and stated that both the dead and injured had been conveyed to the hospital.
Even though the church requested security from the police, they did not anticipate such a massive crowd numbering 45,000.Speaking to Citi News, one of the church officials, Rev Sam Mc-Caanan said they had to stop the service because they heard a commotion outside the building.
“Everything started very well this morning but in about 30 minutes we heard some commotion outside the church premises. We went outside the building only to find a stampede and people being trampled over,” he stated.
Rev Mc-Caanan further mentioned, “We had to cancel the service and invite the national ambulance over to help the people. We also had the police beef up their security. We also cancelled it because we did not want to aggravate the situation.”
He described the casualties as unfortunate and unprecedented, “we are used to numbers but we have not had an occasion like this. We are very devastated, it’s very unfortunate and we are very sorry. We have to do a thorough work around this to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Earlier this morning, a flotilla of cars on the Spintex road and its enclave, en route for an anointing water service by Nigeria’s Prophet T. B. Joshua in Accra, resulted in another impenetrable gridlock which caused frustration to commuters and Residents in that area.
Hundreds of cars belonging to Nigerians in Ghana as well as Ghanaians, were parked on the sides of the road in a mesh of chaos, which spewed onto the roads, thus resulting in a go
Three weeks ago, a similar situation left the Spintex road in another lock down as hundreds of people thronged the church to meet Prophet TB Joshua.