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Immigration deaths: Reps demand investigation

The House of Representatives on Sunday called for investigations into the stampede that claimed 18 lives at the venues of the recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Immigration Service on Saturday.

The House sought to know the “immediate and remote” causes of the deaths.

The Speaker of the House, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, who made the call in Abuja, described the death of the young job seekers as “sorrowful and regrettable.”

He added that the tragedy was “unfortunate” because the only crime the deceased committed was that they went searching for jobs that would “better their lot and that of their loved ones.”

Tambuwal, who condoled with the families of the victims, advised the NIS and other agencies planing to recruit in the future to ensure that such a tragedy did not occur again.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Imam Imam, the speaker also advised government to collaborate with the private sector to address the unemployment challenges in the country.

Millions of job seekers had paid N1,000 each as application processing fee.

At the Abuja venue for example, over 100, 000 applicants reportedly crammed into the 60,000-seat capacity Abuja National Stadium.

Seven of the victims died in Abuja.

In Niger State, overcrowding also led to the death of three applicants in Minna.

The story was not different in Rivers State, where five deaths were reported.

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