Interior Minister, Abba Moro has absolved himself from any blame over last Saturday’s stampede at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment centres across the nation, instead, he blamed the tragic incident on doctors, nurses, bankers, teachers and others in paid employment.
* Embattled Minister of Interior, Abba Moro
According to him, these already employed individuals thronged the various recruitment centres in their numbers.
No fewer than 19 applicants, including four expectant women, died in the stampede. Many others were injured.
Moro said though these categories of persons never applied for jobs with the NIS, they gate-crashed into the venues of the recruitment, with the hope of getting foreign postings and being pensionable if employed by the NIS.
Moro’s aide, Mallam Salisu Dantata Muhammed, who spoke on behalf of his boss in Abuja yesterday, said contrary to reports, the ministry put in place logistics to contain crowds at the centres.
He also blamed the social media for the stampede, saying that many of the applicants were inviting friends and relatives who did not apply for the job to the centres through Facebook, text messages and other portals.
Muhammed said: “It’s odd that many of those who turned up included employed bankers, engineers, medical doctors, nurses, teachers and others who wanted to cross over to the Immigration Services at all costs.
“The Minister and officials of his ministry considered last Saturday’s incident as very regrettable, more so as the unexpected huge crowd shattered the near perfect arrangements they had put in place against anticipated huge crowd.
“The Interior Ministry made adequate provisions for the expected mammoth crowd at the National Stadium meant to conveniently sit 75,000 people."