Premium Times (Abuja)

15 March 2014

Nigeria: Seven Applicants Die in Stampede At Immigration Employment Screening

Lots of finger-pointing in Nigeria, after a deadly stampede at a job fair. Nigerian officials say at least 16 people died when 500,000 people were ... ( Resource: Finger Pointing After Deadly Nigeria Job Fair Stampede

At least seven job seekers died on Saturday at the Abuja National Stadium while scrambling to secure seats for a recruitment test into the Nigerian Immigration Service.‬

‪The National Hospital, less than a kilometre away from the stadium, received the bodies and confirmed the casualty figure.‬

‪The stampede ensued after the over 20,000 job seekers scrambled through a poorly organized barricade at the test venue, witnesses said.‬

‪The police in Abuja said they are yet to get information on the deaths.‬

‪The Immigration service spokesperson, Chukwuemeka Obuah, also claimed ignorance of the deaths, saying he was away coordinating a similar test in Abeokuta.‬

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