BY ABDULWAHAB ABDULAH
lagos—The Federal Government has been dragged before the United Nations over the tragedy that befell some graduate job seekers last weekend while participating in the recruitment exercise by the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, last weekend.
In a petition to the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, it requested him to use his offices and leadership to “publicly condemn and refer the unlawful deaths and inhuman and degrading treatment of job-seekers by the Nigerian government to appropriate United Nations human rights bodies.”
Among the human rights bodies mentioned in the petition are: the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council.
This was coming as Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, through the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the national media affairs director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, demanded the immediate dismissal of the top officials of the Nigerian Immigration Services and the Federal Ministry of Interior, including the minister and permanent secretary and further prosecute them for negligence which led to the high fatality rate at the ill-fated recruitment exercise by the NIS.