16 job seekers in Nigeria died in a stampede over the weekend, the local media in the Capital Abuja reported .
Hundreds of job seekers had turned up for 4,556 vacancies at the Nigeria Immigration Service, according to Education Rights Campaign.
Applicants said they each paid 1,000 naira (about $6) — apparently for the right to write tests on Saturday at the application centers. The deaths occurred at different centers like Minna, Port Harcourt, Dutse and Benin City.
“I can tell you that more than 100,000 people came for this test,” he said. “I have never seen this kind of crowd before in my life. Even if this was a FIFA World Cup football match, you will never get these many spectators.” an applicant told SaharaReporters
The Education Rights Campaign said it was scandalous that the government had collected about $3 million from applicants and demanded the money be returned.
Nigeria’s Interior Minister, Abba Moro however held the applicants responsible, saying they ‘‘lost their lives through their impatience.’’