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“NIS applicants died as a result of their impatience” – Abba Moro, Nigerian Minister of Interior

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�Interior Minister Abba Moro has denied responsibility for the deaths of over a dozen job applicants at the Nigeria Immigration Service exam centres across the country yesterday. Seven applicants had died in stampedes in Abuja, while at least four died in Port Harcourt and two slumped and died in Minna, Niger State.

While monitoring the exercise yesterday in Jos, Moro disclosed that 520,000 applicants participated in the Immigration Service recruitment test. But only 4,556 would be recruited at the end of the exercise, based on the available space.
Then about the dead, Moro said:
�The applicants lost their lives due to impatience; they did not follow the laid down procedures spelt out to them before the exercise. Many of them jumped through the fences of affected centres and did not conduct themselves in an orderly manner to make the exercise a smooth one. This caused stampede and made the environment unsecured.”
Moro stated that the Deputy Comptroller, Immigration Operations and Passport, told him that he cancelled the exercise in Lagos due to the unruly behaviour of applicants.

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