The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment saga is not over yet. The recruitment exercise tragedy which led to the death of no fewer than 19 applicants, including a pregnant woman, four applicants in the exercise, was criticised by many people but little or nothing was done to punish culpits or prevent future recurrence. However, according to reports on Nigerian Tribune, some persons who participated in the exercise has taken the matter to court. In the case brought to a Federal High Court yesterday, Monday 20th October, 2014 they plead the court to sack the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, whose ministry supervised the exercise.
In a suit No.: FHC/ABJ/CS/694/2014 filed through their counsel, Jubrin Okutepa, the plaintiffs, Patience Omezie, Kasim Suleiman, Okojie Arabamen and Godwin Morka want the court to declare that Abba Moro is not fit and proper person to hold public office in Nigeria with regard to his callous statement that Nigerians who died and those injured during the exercise were careless.
The plaintiffs joined as defendants in the suit, the Federal Government, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), NIS and its comptroller, David Parradang.
They also want the court to declare that the defendants acted negligently and in total disregard to the sanctity of lives of over 520,000 Nigerians who were invited for job interview and/or screening by NIS.
The plaintiff also want the court to declare that the N1,000 collected from all Nigerians who sought to be employed into NIS at the instance and/or direction of the defendants is unlawful and contrary to the public service rules and regulations and that it constitutes a breach of constitutional and statutory duties of the defendants.
Furthermore, the plaintiffs prayed for an order of court directing the defendants to account for and repay all Nigerians who applied for and paid to be employed into NIS, saying that such payment is illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to public policy and good conscience.
The plaintiffs, however, asked for general damages of N10 million only.
In their statement of claims, the plaintiffs averred that the defendants were negligent in the mode and manner the recruitment exercise was conducted.
Stating the particulars of negligence, they submitted that having conducted such recruitment exercise in the past, the defendants were fully aware that the number of applicants at each venue would be in excess of 20,000 and accordingly, had arranged that the aptitude tests would be conducted at stadia in the various capital cities.
They added that in spite of this knowledge, the defendants made no adequate arrangement to ensure the orderly accreditation of candidates and so delayed admission into examination venues between three and seven hours, resulting in the frustration of the plaintiffs waiting to be tested.
The plaintiffs further alleged that in spite of the knowledge of the large number of applicants, the defendants restricted access into the venues to only one entrance, without providing adequate crowd control, resulting in a stampede.
Source: Nigerian TribuneNigerian Immigration Service Recruitment: Applicants ask court to sack Minister by Andy