Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Accountability for NIS STAMPEDE Begins

The public interest case of PATIENCE NONYE OMEZIE & KASIM TUNDE SULEIMAN Vs FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA has been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

The case challenges the immigration job interviews of March 15, 2014 across Nigeria in which 19 citizens including pregnant women died and many others injured in their bid to get recruited into the 4th Defendant - Nigerian Immigration Service.

We are hopeful that this legal action will send the right message to the authorities and the citizenry about accountability and the right value of lives of Nigerian citizens.

The case was prepared, and court hearings will be lead by a team of senior advocates of Nigeria - Funke Adekoya SAN, Jibrin Sam Okutepa SAN, Ikeazor Akaraiwe SAN and Spaces for Change.S4C's Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri.


In compliance with the Freedom of Information (FOI) request Spaces for Change.S4C filed in March 2014, we are happy to report back that we have received the summary of the job creation statistics detailing of national statistical surveys covering Q4 2012, Q3 2012 – Q1 2013 and Q2, Q3 & Q4 2013 from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Spaces for Change filed the FOI request following the tragic Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Stampede which unmasked the grave unemployment situation in Nigeria. The FOI request demanded to see the breakdown and methodology used  generating the official data of 1.6 Million jobs created between 2011 and 2013.