Tragic: 7 Job-Seekers Die In Stampede During Immigration Recruitment In Abuja (PHOTOS)

Tragic: 7 Job-Seekers Die In Stampede During Immigration Recruitment In Abuja (PHOTOS)

By Ekemini Ekwere | News Reporter on March 15, 2014
Muhammad Babandede,
FILE: Nigerian Immigration Service Officers on parade

At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in Nigeria’s capital after thousands of panicked job-seekers stampeded during a government recruitment drive in the national stadium on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

Survivors told AFP that thousands had gathered to apply for jobs with the immigration department in the Abuja stadium.

One witness said the stampede broke out as applicants surged towards a central stage. They said only one entrance to the 60,000-capacity stadium was open. It wasn’t clear how many people were inside at the time of the crush.

“The immigration service was having a recruitment exercise at the stadium, there was a stampede and they brought the victims to the national hospital,” said hospital spokesman Tayo Haastrup.

No official casualty list was given, but an AFP journalist on the scene counted seven dead and dozens injured.

Many injured people could not be admitted to hospital due to lack of capacity.

Those with stable injuries “will be sent to other hospitals so that we can deal with the numerous injured that continue to arrive,” said Haastrup. (via Vanguard)

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  1. Nigeria has a got a very wicked and blood sucking system: what is the meaning of 60,000 to 1 open space???
    did NIS not know the number of openings available in order to cap the number of applicants?

    Oooh! silly me!!! N 1,000 per applicant amounts to a lot of monies!!!
    That is all they were after!! at the expense of citizens who seek gainful employment for survival in a forsaken society….
    I will say no more lest I…
    Whom does one turn too? why are we so cruel to one another??

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