Minister blames applicants as 20 die at Immigration recruitment exercise

Posted by News Express | 16 March 2014 | 4,123 times

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Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, has blamed applicants for the stampede that resulted in the death of at least 20 job seekers during yesterday’s tragic nationwide recruitment exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

“The applicants lost their lives due to impatience; they did not follow the laid down procedures spelt out to them before the exercise. Many of them jumped through the fences of affected centres and did not conduct themselves in an orderly manner to make the exercise a smooth one. This caused stampede and made the environment unsecured,” Sunday PUNCH quoted him as saying yesterday while monitoring the exercise in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

While the minister said he learnt that only seven people lost their lives at the National Stadium, Abuja, Niger and Lagos states, media reports indicate that many more people died. The Guardian put the death toll at a minimum of 20 and supplied the following details: Abuja 8; Edo 2 (unconfirmed report says 20); Port Harcourt 4; Minna 3; Kano 3 (including a pregnant woman).

The tragedy occurred as the applicants were struggling to gain access into the recruitment test venues.

According to Minister Abba Moro, 520,000 applicants participated in the recruitment exercise across the country but only 4,556 would be recruited at the end of the exercise, based on the available space.

•Photo courtesy Channels TV shows sympathizers making frantic efforts to revive some of the slumped applicants . . . yesterday at the Immigration job test at the National Stadium, Abuja.

Source: News Express

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