Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Immigration tragedy victims’ families protest unfulfilled promises

*Pix. 4: Applicvants who could not find seats await further insatructions as others take seats to write the Nigeria Immigration Service examinations at the 60,000 capacity National Stadium, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida
Families of the victims of the 2014 immigration recruitment tragedy, yesterday, stormed the National Assembly protesting failure of the Federal Government to fulfil the promises made to compensate them for the loss of their loved ones. Meanwhile, Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, was summoned by the House of Representatives to explain why the pronouncement of compensation to the families of the victims had not been settled. Over 45 persons, including a pregnant woman, from different parts of the country, were reported dead, following the stampede that trailed all the recruitment centres, while 137 people were injured. The management of NIS is to meet with the three-man committee, comprising the House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamilla; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, and Aminu Shehu Shagari, APC, Sokoto State. The outcry that followed the controversial recruitment and attendant death of some of the applicants led to the setting of up of a probe panel by the National Assembly to unravel the reason behind the stampede.

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