Seven months after the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) had a recruitment test that resulted in a stampede that led to the death of 18 applicants including one in Edo State and several others sustaining various degrees of injuries, the victims in Edo State, yesterday protested their perceived neglect by the service.
They said that even after the president directed that three employment slots be reserved for the families of those who lost their lives in the stampede and that those who sustained injuries and were hospitalised be given automatic employment in the service nothing had been done.
The angry protesters carried placards with various inscriptions some of which read, “We are traumatised immigration victims still without jobs,” “Please, allow the souls of the departed NIS victims to rest in peace” and “Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, we are still waiting for your promise.” They appealed to the federal government to implement its promise of giving them job.
One of the victims, Austin Amu, who lost his 27 years old wife Sandra during the exercise at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, told journalists that he and his three children, aged eight, five and three, had been languishing in pain.