by Dare Lawal
Nigeria’s minister of interior, under whose leadership, yesterday’s shambolic recruitment exercise was conducted across the country has incredibly passed the buck to the applicants for the stampede that led to loss of lives in several centres across the country.
Moro said that “The applicants lost their lives due to impatience; they did not follow the laid down procedures spelt out to them before the exercise. Many of them jumped through the fences of affected centres and did not conduct themselves in an orderly manner to make the exercise a smooth one. This caused stampede and made the environment unsecured.”
His claims were made in Jos, the Plateau capital while monitoring the exercise yesterday.
Moro said that 520,000 applicants participated in the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment exercise across the country but only 4,556 would be recruited at the end of the exercise, based on the available space.
On the reported loss of lives in Abuja, Niger, Lagos, Rivers, among other states, Moro said that it was caused by impatience. He disclosed that the Deputy Comptroller, Immigration Operations and Passport, told him that he cancelled the exercise in Lagos due to the unruly behaviour of applicants.
No remorse was shown by the minister for the general incompetence which followed the event all over the nation.
In an interview later on NTA, Moro said that a committee will be set up on Monday to investigate the cause of death. This is after he had already blamed it on impatience. He said the ministry will not be distracted despite the setback.