Almost a week after the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, botched recruitment exercise that left at least 19 applicants dead and several others injured nationwide, the Niger State government and the State Immigration Command have formally released 14 names of the victims, who sustained major and minor injuries during the stampede last Saturday in Minna.
Information Nigeria reports that the Minna venue of the shoddily arranged recruitment exercise recorded three deaths.
This is also coming on the heels of the presidential directive that ministers from the affected states and the FCT, should go back to their various areas to pay visits to families of the victims of the stampede and deliver a special condolence message from President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Secretary to Niger State government, Rt. Hon. Idris Ndako Kapki, who released the names yesterday while receiving the Minister of State for Agriculture, Hajiya Asabe Assmau Ahmed, said the identity of one of the dead female victims was yet to be known but two of the other applicants, a male and female, who were certified dead by the hospital management were known.
He gave the names of the victims as Nafiu Alhassan, Ozoamiakor Adaeze, Ndeji Usman, Umar Alh. Audu, Iliya Zawali, Angela Samuel, Fatimal Adamu Sambo, Hauwa Musa Modibo, Rita E. Abraham, Mohammed Sani, Yusuf Baba, Blessing Bako, Annah B. Damidami and Ibrahim Isah Mohammed (deceased).