SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, (THEWILL) – The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Sunday called for the immediate sack, arrest and prosecution of both the Interior Minister Abba Moro and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Mr. David Parradang, over the NIS recruitment stampede which led to the death of about 39 applicants and several others injured in different centres across the country.
Making the call in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA also demanded the immediate dismissal, arrest and prosecution of the top officials of NIS and the Federal Ministry of Interior including the minister and Permanent Secretary for negligence which led to the high fatality rate at the ill-fated recruitment exercise by the NIS.
“We condemn in totality, the poor coordination of the job interviews by the federal ministry of Interior and the Nigerian Immigration Services which led to the unfortunate deaths of scores of Nigerian youthful job seekers.
” We hereby demand the arrest and prosecution for dereliction of duty resulting in mass murders of the minister of Interior and the Comptroller General of Immigration. Government must take immediate and comprehensive measures to ensure that there is no repeat of such a disastrous recruitment exercise in Nigeria.
“We also ask that the Government refund all the payments made by all the candidates. The Federal Government must also pay heavy compensation of not less than N10 million to the families of each of the dead because their deaths were occasioned by the total official dereliction of function committed by officials of the Nigerian State,” HURIWA said in the statement.