Seven feared dead in Immigration recruitment stampede.

Filed in NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE by on March 15, 2014 0 Comments

Forlorn report reaching news desk has it that, 7 seven people are feared to have died in the stampede that occurred today at the venue of the Nigeria Immigration Servcice recruitment examination at National Stadium Abuja.


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

Sources in National Hospital Abuja disclosed to grapevine that, not less than 40 injured people were brought to the hospital with some of them admitted while some have been referred to other hospitals. Some of them have been discharged.

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.(AFP)

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