Immgration recruitment test Update Pregnant woman, 6 others die Records massive turn out Participants express doubt

Posted: March 15, 2014 in News, Uncategorized
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Comrade Abba Morro

Seven applicants including a pregnant woman seeking recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS died on Saturday morning at the National Stadium, Abuja in a stampede which caused injuries to at least more than 60 job seekers.


According to our correspondent who was at the National Stadium venue of the exercise, the scene was in total disorder and a frustration for more than 100, 000 applicants who stormed the venue for aptitude test.


According to eye-witness, the death was as a result of stampede caused when anxious job-seekers resorted to jumping into the stadium through the fences and a stampede which was created by the situation resulted in the trampling of about seven people on the spot while many more sustained various degrees of injuries.

It was gathered that about three more applicants died at the National Hospital in the Federal Capital territory, FCT where they were rushed for medical attention, according to National Hospital sources.  


A reliable staff of the National Hospital in Abuja who confirmed the death of seven applicants also revealed that more than 60 applicants who sustained various degree of injuries were also admitted while some were transferred to the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital to create space for others who were brought in later injured.



David Parradang

At about 3:30 pm, the aptitude test had not been carried out while some of the applicants looking frustrated after the officials had separated the University graduate from the lesser qualification


Some of the applicants who spoke to our correspondent wondered why the Immigration service cannot organize its recruitment without people dying every time.

An applicant, Miss. Funmilayo Ajekigbe, said she got to the venue as early as 4.30 am but there was nobody to attend to them until 10.30 am. She said saying “more than 100,000 people presented themselves here today as you can see that every space in the 60, 000 capacity stadium is filled up.

When contacted the FCT Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], DSP Alteni Daniels, refused to comment on the development.  She said “It is not police assignment, it is Immigration’s own, and they are in best position to comment on this, so talk to them because I have not been briefed by anybody.”


Cross View of applicants at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi


All efforts to get Immigration’s Public Relations Officer, CPP Chwukwuemeka Obua, proved abortive as he refused to answer his phone which rang repeatedly.


Meanwhile the recruitment exercise which held concurrently in all 36 states of the federation, recorded a mammoth attendance;  In Benue no fewer than 17, 800 applicants took part in the exercise at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the service in Benue, Mr Tersoo Ukeyima, said  that the NIS was overwhelmed by the number of applicants while in Gombe, 5,000 candidates from Gombe and Borno took part in the exercise at Abubakar Umar Memorial Stadium, Gombe.

atiterkula gathered that applicants from Borno were deployed to Gombe as a result of the security challenge in that state.


Applicants at the National Stadium, Abuja

No fewer than 15,000 people however participated in the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, recruitment exercise in Kano. Sokoto Command, yesterday recorded no fewer than 10,000 candidates with  over 26,000 candidates in Kaduna State.
 Mean while participants of the exercise have expressed their disbelief in the conduct of the exercise alleging that it is just a phony to justify the fees charged for procurement of scratch cards, even as the alleged it a scheme to enrich a certain cabal.

Speaking to atiterkula at the National Stadium venue Abuja, an applicant, Mr. Inuwa Saleh lamented the inswensitivity shown by the ministry by jampacking them in the stadium for hours without hope of a proper test.

“I even regret coming to this place. I just wasted my transport because in the end they have already prepared the list of those to employ. This one is just to justify our money they collected and shared with the minister”

Also reacting Christiana Ikwue did not hide her distrust for the whole process stating that it would have been more transparent if we were called in batches to write and conduct test not this free for all jamboree, now you see how it has caused lives?”


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