The Asawase stampede which led to the death of nine people during the Eid ul-Fitr celebrations on Wednesday night has been blamed on a faulty meter.
Even though, initial reports blamed the stampede on clashes between two rival groups, Honourable Nurudeen Hamidan, the Asokore Mampong Municipal Chief Executive in an interview with Accra based Citi FM has denied those claims.
According to him, investigations so far have revealed that the stampede occurred after the people misconstrued a loud explosion from the meter to be a gunshot and therefore decided to flee the scene.
“Just when they were about to leave the scene…the electricity meter in the premise sparked. You know when electricity meter sparks, it makes noise, some of them misconstrued the noise to be a gunshot and so they started agitating and they started rushing out of the premises. In the process, the stampede happened.
“The stampede actually happened outside the community center. You know when you come out of the centre, there is a small drain, that collects water from the roofing sheet, and you know in the night, when the meter sparked, obviously the lights go off. So, in the process, some of them fell, and people run over them and that caused the stampede”.
Meanwhile, the Asawase Police has banned all social media activities at the Asawase Community Center until further notice.