Hospital authorities at the Rivers government-owned Braithwaite Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt have confirmed that four candidates died during a stampede at the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that more than 20,000 candidates were involved in a stampede at the Liberation stadium, Port Harcourt, venue of the exercise on Saturday morning.
A competent source at the hospital, told NAN that 12 candidates were brought to the hospital after the stampede.
‘’ I can confirm to you that four have died, four others in critical condition while four were treated and discharged,’’ the source said.
The source, who pleaded for anonymity, said a pregnant woman was among the dead.
The source said doctors and specialists have been called back to duty to assist to save the lives of the remaining four candidates on emergency list.
“ Some of the candidates were in bad condition because they were trampled upon during the stampede,’’ the source said.
At the Military Hospital, Port Harcourt authorities confirmed receiving some of the injured persons but said they were being taken care of.
However, Mr Abang Bisong, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Rivers Command, confirmed to NAN that some of the injured were taken to the hospital but did not know their condition. (NAN)