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Nigeria jobseeker stampede turns deadly in Abuja stadium

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A stampede among jobseekers taking a recruitment test in the national stadium in Nigeria’s capital Abuja has left at least seven people dead and many others injured.

A journalist for AFP news agency said he had counted seven corpses.

Nigeria stampede among jobseekers taking a recruitment test in the national stadium in Abuja

Nigeria stampede among jobseekers taking a recruitment test in the national stadium in Abuja

The stampede came during a recruitment exercise by the immigration department. Tens of thousands had turned up to take the test, according to reports.

There is a high level of unemployment in Nigeria especially among young people. In 2011, it stood at 23.9%.

Survivor Rosemary Ogida told AFP that she could remember being picked up by three men.

“I cannot even imagine the number of people that stamped on me,” she said.

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