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Group protests NIS recruitment deaths

18 March 2014, 19:23

Abuja - A civil society organisation, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER), on Monday protested against the death of some applicants during Saturday's recruitment by the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The Executive Director of CASER, Frank Tietie, led other members to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) headquarters in Abuja.

Tietie urged relevant authorities to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring those found wanting to book.

He said that the lack of crowd control measures and medical emergency personnel at different centres across the country was a violation of the applicants’ rights to life and dignity.

Tietie said preventable deaths, occasioned by negligence and inaction, were rife in the country.

He called for urgent action to prevent a recurrence.

The CASER executive director submitted a petition addressed to the UN Human Rights Commission to the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Prof. Ben Angwe, for onward transmission.

Responding, Angwe described the incident as sad, not only to the commission but also the Federal Government and country at large.

He stated that the commission had already begun investigation into the incident to unravel the circumstances surrounding it.

Angwe expressed regret that the exercise, which was meant to provide jobs for Nigerians and reduce unemployment in the country, resulted in avoidable deaths.

He said that the incident had kick-started a new beginning in the campaign for the protection of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

He assured the group of NHRC’s commitment to assist in identifying the victims and ensuring they were compensated by the government.

The NHRC executive secretary commended CASER for its action, saying it indicated that groups were heeding the commission's call for sensitisation of Nigerians to their human rights.

 - NAN

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