Two students killed, 23 injured in Nigeria food stampede


Kano: At least two students were killed and 23 injured in clashes that broke out as a large crowd gathered in central Nigeria on Friday, police said. food delivery At a university, a spokesman told AFP.
Thousands of students stormed and broke the gate of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where the state government was distributing bags of rice.
Nigeria is struggling rising food prices Since the government has withdrawn petrol subsidy And issued Naira currency to support the economy.
Inflation has reached a three-decade high of 31.7 percent, putting basic goods out of reach for many Nigerians, most of whom survive on less than $2 a day.
“There was a stampede this morning rice distribution The point within the university where the state governor was to distribute 4,000 bags of rice to students,” university spokesman Abraham Habu told AFP by phone.
“Two female students died in the stampede, while 23 others were taken to hospital with injuries, but their condition is stable,” Habu said.
Desperate people had gathered since about 2 a.m. (0100 GMT) waiting for the distribution to students and the disabled, which was to begin around 10 a.m., Habu said.
By 9 a.m., he said, the crowd “grew to more than 4,000 and went out of control.”
People broke into the fenced area and began carrying away rice in a “chaotic manner,” forcing soldiers guarding the area to retreat, Habu said.
He said that the state government has constituted a committee to investigate.
In the worst economic crisis in a generation, many poor Nigerians had to skip meals and abandon products such as meat, eggs and milk.
Earlier this month, Nigeria's emergency agency said it had tightened security at a food store's warehouses after hundreds of people looted it in the capital Abuja.

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