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NIS stampede: Lagos Assembly, senator urge probe

The Lagos State House of Assembly and the Senator representing the Osun East Senatorial District, Babajide Omoworare, have called for the probe of the stampede that occurred during the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment exercise.

They also urged the prosecution of the people that were involved in the tragedy.

The stampede that occurred during the recruitment on Saturday left no fewer than 18 applicants dead.

The Lagos State legislators on Tuesday reacted to a motion raised by the Deputy Leader of the House, Mrs. Lola Akande, under matter of urgent public importance, who narrated the unfortunate killing of unemployed graduates who were seeking job with the NIS.

The Deputy Leader said, “If the incident of such nature had happened in other countries, the immigration body would have been sued.”

The lawmakers unanimously agreed that the incident should be investigated by the National Assembly to find the immediate and remote causes of the incident. They also advised that examination bodies should be involved when considering examination of such magnitude in the future.

But Omoworare, who described the incident as disgraceful, added that it was a reflection of wanton neglect and insensitivity of the government to the welfare of the youth.

The senator in a statement by his media assistant, TundeDairo, said, “I cannot come to terms with the dehumanising situation that those young men and women were subjected to in their quest for a productive engagement.

“In a sane clime, many resignation letters would be flying around by now. I appeal to the National Assembly, most importantly my distinguished colleague, to give conscience priority over politics in dealing with this issue and other sundry national affairs in the interest of democracy and development of our beloved nation.”

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