Untold story of how a woman gave birth under pressure trying to collect N500 Zakat in Katsina (Read)
More reports reaching us at KATSINA POST as to what exactly happened and how that led to the unfortunate incidence where five (5) died while trying to collect N500 alms in Katsina reveals that a woman also gave birth under pressure at the venue.
The woman as reported by Dailytrust was said to have gave birth at the residence of Alhaji Ma’a Gafai of Rafindadi quarters of Katsina State during the stamped that occurred while N500 was being given to the needy.
Dailytrust reports that this year’s Zakat distribution however did not go well. The turnout, according to neighbours, was unprecedented. It was a mammoth gathering of mostly women and children of different ages, waiting to collect alms.
As early as 4am, people started gathering with a beehive of activities, access roads were blocked, just as people kept coming in from different directions. Although, the philanthropist, Gafai, was said to be on the Lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia, one Kamal, believed to be his son, took up the responsibility of the disbursement.
As the disbursement started, each person was being given N500, and a stampede ensued, as many people tried to outsmart others to collect the money. Our correspondent gathered that the stampede started as some people decided to call large numbers of family members so they could get more money.
A neighbour, Hassan Musa, said for instance; “You would find a woman coming with her grandchildren from a far distance so that instead of getting just N500, she would get over N3,000, depending on the number of people she came with.”
Five children lost their lives in the stampede while 15 others were injured and taken to hospital, confirmed by the state police command.
Witnesses said one woman delivered a baby under pressure at the venue, just as Kamal, the man distributing the money, escaped death in the stampede. Most of the injured were later taken to the General Hospital where staff said they suffered from dehydration and fatigue.