NIS Tragedy: Armed Security Shut Out Staff, Journalists to Avert Planned Protest

Posted: April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
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ImageThe call for the sack of Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro over the recruitment into Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) that turned tragic took another dimension yesterday as heavy security personnel barricaded the entry and exit points of the old federal secretariat thereby shutting out journalists and staff to avert planned protest by a group.

The planned protest by the Abuja Activist group was scheduled for 3pm yesterday at the Minister’s house as they planned to deliver coffins signifying the young people killed during the stampede that occurred at different stadia across the country which led to the death of nineteen applicants.

Prior to the planned protest,  messages were sent to journalists by the leader of the group Ms. Azeenarh Mohammed stated that, “We’re planning another protest to deliver 17 coffins to Abba Moro’s house today at 3pm as we deliver coffins signifying the young people killed to Abba Moro’s house in Garki area 11”. Image

A subsequent message that was sent due to tight security at the Minister’s house said, “because of the heightened security at the Minister’s house, the protest is taking place at Min of Interior old federal secretariat area 3”.

Before the arrival of the protesters at the old secretariat, security personnel from the Police, Immigration, Civil Defence have flooded the place which led to the closure of the two gates that lead to the secretariat.

Journalists who have previously gained access into the secretariat were later dragged out by the security personnel, while movement into the secretariat was equally restricted.

Some members of the protesters were also arrested thereby preventing them from protesting.

The driver that conveyed the coffins that the protesters planned declined to give his name but said he was contracted to bring the coffins from kugbo without knowing what they were meant for.Image

Meanwhile, Human rights activists including Japeth Omojuwa (omojuwa.com), Uche Briggs (@UcheBriggs) and other protesters were arrested by the NSCDC in the course of the protest. According to eye witnesses, Omojuwa was slapped by the arresting officers.

At time of filling this report, four protesters have been released, however Omojuwa, Uche Briggs and some others are still under arrest.

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