The fam­i­lies of vic­tims of the 2014 Nige­ria Immigration Ser­vice re­cruit­ment stam­pede protest at the gate of Na­tional Assem­bly in Abuja yesterday.

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Hun­dreds of the fam­i­lies of vic­tims for the botched 2013 Nige­rian Immigration Ser­vice (NIS) re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise yesterday took their griev­ances to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives de­mand­ing ful­fill­ment of prom­ises by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

The protesters, who in­volved rel­a­tives of the de­ceased and in­jured vic­tims said 18 months af­ter the in­ci­dence, the em­ploy­ment prom­ise by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was yet to be ful­filled by the ser­vice.

But the House, upon re­ceipt of the protesters’ com­plaints let­ter, set up a 3-man com­mit­tee that com­prised the House leader, Femi Gba­jabi­amila, mi­nor­ity leader, Leo Ogor and Aminu Sha­gari to in­ter­face with the immigration lead­er­ship on the mat­ter.

Mr. Ed­mund Osumah, who spoke on be­half of the protest­ing vic­tims, told the trio at the Na­tional Assem­bly gate that ever since the in­ci­dent oc­curred, there has been no fur­ther ac­tion af­ter is­suance of re­cruit­ment letters to them.

Leader of the House, Gba­jabi­amila sym­pa­thised with the vic­tims plight and ex­pressed his sur­prise at how the prom­ise could not be ful­filled up to this time.

“I per­son­ally in my ca­pac­ity as the House leader would take this mat­ter up. All hands will be on deck to make sure this mat­ter is ad­dressed ex­pe­di­tiously and ju­di­ciously, I want to be­lieve that a prom­ise is a debt,” he said.

Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dog­ara tasked the panel to in­ter­face with the Nige­ria Immigration Ser­vice to as­cer­tain why the letters writ­ten to the fam­i­lies of the af­fected vic­tims were not hon­oured and re­port back next week.

Photo Macjohn Akande

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