Stampedes kill at least 30 Nigerian job seekers

3 Comments » July 15th, 2008 posted by // Categories: Favorite Articles

ENUGU, Nigeria (Reuters) – Stampedes during a recruitment process by the Nigerian immigration service killed at least 30 job seekers and injured scores more as unemployed youths rushed at locked gates, witnesses said on Monday.

Recruitment drives by state agencies attract thousands of young university and college graduates in Nigeria, many of whom have been unemployed for years and see a government job as the only sure way to guarantee their future.

Witnesses said there were stampedes at recruitment centres in the 36 state capitals on Saturday. Some also died during an endurance test that required applicants to run 2-3 km in sweltering rainy season heat to determine their fitness.

“When we got to the gate, it was locked so we began to force it open … There was a rush and a stampede as a result of which about nine people died,” Obinna Agwu, an applicant in southeast Enugu state, told Reuters.

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3 Responses to “Stampedes kill at least 30 Nigerian job seekers”

  1. aloy ejimakor says:

    May their souls rest in peace. Amen

  2. Ekb4all says:

    Well It so sad.This should make the govenment to make more job oppoutuinty for the numerous Nigerian job seekers

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