March 2014 when job seekers scrambled to take screening tests for jobs
at the country’s immigration department, according to media reports (AFP
Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria’s anti-graft agency has
arrested a former interior minister under then-president Goodluck
Jonathan over the death of at least 20 people in a stampede tragedy two
years ago, an official said Tuesday.
Dozens were also injured
in March 2014 when job seekers scrambled to take screening tests for
jobs at the country’s immigration department, according to media
reports. There was no official death toll.
“Former minister of
interior Abba Moro was arrested on Monday in connection with the 2014
immigration recruitment scam,” the official of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who did not want to be named, told
“He is still in our custody for interrogation. He may be charged to court at the end of the interrogation,” he said.
media said two former senior officials of the interior ministry and
immigration department were also being questioned over the botched
Tens of thousands of people had turned up for
the test in various parts of the country and officials were blamed for
not making adequate arrangement for effective crowd control.
recruitment exercise was cancelled after it also emerged that millions
of dollars in application forms were collected from the job seekers.
is a high level of unemployment in Nigeria especially among young
people. In 2011, the jobless toll stood at 23.9 percent.
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