At Asake’s London Concert 4 People Suffered Critical Injuries
Police reported that four individuals were seriously hurt and four others were sent to the hospital after a crowd stampede outside a venue in south London where Nigerian Afrobeats star Asake was performing.
On Thursday at 21:35 (2135 GMT), emergency personnel were dispatched to the O2 Academy in Brixton after hearing allegations that “a huge number of people were attempting to force admission to the venue.”
When police, ambulance drivers, and firefighters came, they discovered a large number of injured persons.
Eight persons received ambulance transport to the hospital, while two “less gravely injured” received care on the spot.
The event happened at the third and final of singer-songwriter Asake’s three sold-out shows there.
The show was called off in the middle of the performance. According to reports, an enraged crowd was informed that police had forced the event to end after up to 3,000 individuals attempted to burst through the doors, some of whom were successful.
The Metropolitan police stated in a statement that “detectives are investigating the events which led to four people sustaining critical injuries in Brixton,” emphasizing that no arrests have been made.
The incident was described as “very disturbing” by Commander Ade Adelekan, who also promised an inquiry “as comprehensive and as forensic as necessary to uncover exactly what transpired yesterday night.”
However, he made an appeal for anyone with knowledge to come forward and said that specialized officers will check the scene and CCTV.
Videos shared on social media and seen on the websites of tabloid newspapers appeared that Asake’s show crowded masses pressing up against the 02 Academy’s doors as well as violent altercations in the lobby.
Although the parties to the altercations were not immediately known, Adelekan stated that “when force has been used by police officers, those officers realize they have to be accountable for their conduct.”
He said that all documentation, including body-worn video from the responding officers, will be reviewed by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, a police oversight authority.
A comment from the O2 Academy was not immediately available.
Meanwhile the Mayor of London react to the recent occurrence at Asake concert, also the singer has also apologise to the affected individual.