Five civil rights lawyers under the aegis of Due Process Advocates have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Federal Government to pay N50,000,000.00 general damages to each person who died during the recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigerian Immigration Service.
The plaintiffs: Charles Asimonye Ugwuonye, Friday Danlami Yakson, Chinedu Rosemary Onwuka and Samson Oluwaseun Ojo, representing themselves and the 526,650 in the suit filed on Thursday and obtained by THE PUNCH also sought an order declaring that the conduct or the execution of the Nigerian Immigration 2014 recruitment exercise was illegal, unwarranted, and violated the applicants fundamental rights to life, protection from inhuman and degrading treatment, amongst others.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN); Ministry of Interior, Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro; NIS and the Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr. David Parradang, were joined as 2-6th defendants respectively.
Another relief include an order declaring that the respondents, particularly Abba Moro and Parradang owed the duty of honesty and candor to the applicants regarding the true purpose and intention behind the recruitment exercise.
While demanding an order directing the respondents to refund each applicants the sum of N1,000, which they paid to participate in the recruitment exercise, the plaintiffs also demanded an order directing the respondents to pay general damages in the amount of N1,000,000 to each living applicant for the violation of their rights.
Other reliefs include “an order directing the respondents to issue a written apology to the applicants, which shall be published in five Nigerian newspapers and on the main website by NIS and which shall remain posted on the said site for 3 (three) years in memory of those who died during the exercise and an order awarding N300,000,000 only to the solicitors as fees and cost of this litigation.”
According to them, the defendants had a duty to superintend the recruitment exercise “in a safe and healthy manner” with due consideration to lives and wellbeing of those who applied for or participated in the exercise.
The activists also want the court to declare that the NIS recruitment exercise for 2014 “was carried out in a manner that was motivated by greed and corrupt intentions” and without any realistic plan to offer the applicants’ employments.