Four pregnant women and fifteen other unidentified persons have been reportedly dead in Abuja, Minna, Port Harcourt and Benin during a recruitment test organised by the Nigerian Immigration Service to fill vacant positions in the agency.
The test, which held nationwide yesterday, attracted thousands of applicants to the main bowl of the National Stadium, Abuja.
Hundreds of others fainted and were immediately rushed to different hospitals by security operatives who were overwhelmed by the surging crowd of unemployed youths.
Authorities of the National Hospital, Abuja have confirmed seven persons dead from the sixty seven thousand Nigeria Immigration Service job applicants in the FCT.
The spokesman for the hospital, Tayo Haastrup said five women and two men, were brought in dead and that their bodies had been deposited at the mortuary.
He said thirty-five of the seventy persons who were injured have been discharged.
In Port Harcourt, four people have been confirmed dead following a stampede at the Libration Stadium venue of an aptitude test for applicants into the Nigeria Immigration Service
A doctor at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed that four people have been treated and discharged while four others are still receiving treatment.
Two of the patients managed to speak to our correspondent on their ordeal.
Some candidates who took part in the recruitment test in Port Harcourt said the arrangement was shoddy.