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NIS Earns N520m In One Day, As Interior Ministry Blames Applicants For Causing Stampede

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The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has denied responsibility for the deaths of about 16 job applicants at Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment centres across the country on March 15, 2014, Saturday.

injured_applicant_been_taken_away_from_the_venueThe minister said the job seekers were to blame for the deadly stampede. In their return, outraged Nigerians urged the minister and the comptroller of Immigration Service to resign.

Casualties among the applicants were reported in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Minna. A total of 16 people feared across Nigeria dead, but unconfirmed reports say the death toll may be even higher.

However, in his speech in the capital city of Plateau State, Jos, Mr Moro told the newsmen that the applicants should blame their “impatience” for the stampede and the deaths.

He also noted that the applicants refused to follow instructions handed to them by the recruiters.

The minister said that about 520,000 people registered for the recruitment exams, and that only 4,556 would be recruited at the end of the exercise based on the available vacancies.

The registration fee was N1,000, despite several directives from the House of Reps that government agencies should not collect charges from job applicants.

The NIS had declared vacancies for about 5,000 personnel across the country and engaged the services of an ICT firm, Drexel, to create an online registration platform through which money was extorted from applicants.

Drexel, however, came up with a complex registration process which required the applicants to download forms at cyber café, fill a part of it to generate a slip referred to as “Pay4me.”

It was the “Pay4me” print out that qualified applicants to pay the sum of N1,000 to dedicated NIS accounts in designated banks all over the country.

The commercial banks that were involved in the transaction included the United Bank for Africa, UBA, Fidelity Bank Plc, Zenith Bank Plc, Diamond Bank Plc and Ecobank Transnational Plc.

On the payment of N1,000, a teller was issued with data including candidates’ validation number, transaction number, application number and application type, among others.

The teller was again taken to cyber cafés where candidates used some of the information on it to complete the registration process and get acknowledgement slips.

However, several thousands of jobless Nigerians paid to grab the about 5,000 job opportunities advertised by the NIS.

“They did not make any plans for the applicants. Even during the test, we had to fight and hustle for the question papers. A lot of the papers were torn.

“We paid N1, 000 during the application process and I can tell you now that it’s a total fraud,” one of the applicants who spoke to Premium Times on conditions of anonymity said.

The Peoples Democratic Party mourned that deaths of job seekers, called for immediate investigation of the stampede.

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  1. Akan jimmy

    March 16, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    May the good Lord grant those departed souls eternal rest, give starenght to the departed families to bear the lost

  2. motun

    March 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    What a nation! When will these so called leaders learnt to be orderly? May the souls of the departed applicants rest In perfect peace

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The wicked shall not go unpunished – Oyedepo tells hoodlums looting, vandalizing properties

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The wicked shall not go unpunished - Oyedepo tells hoodlums vandalizing properties

General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the ongoing vandalization and looting of government and private properties by hoodlums in the country.

Oyedepo declared that all the hoodlums taking undue advantage of the unrest in the country will not go unpunished.

The cleric made the declaration during his Sunday service on October 25.

The clergyman also prophesied that unrest in the country was over and that the peace of God has been restored back to the land.

“The sources of agitation will be wisely dealt with and favorably dealt with; the land shall rest again in the name of Jesus Christ.

“All the hoodlums who are taking advantage of this season, let hand be joined in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished.

“Innocent people on the streets going about their own cause and businesses, they were in their shops, the only business they have.

“CAUTION! You don’t have a double life, you have only one, you don’t have a spare. Caution! I bind all activities of the devil behind every form of unrest being inflicted by hoodlums in the name of Jesus,” he prayed.

 

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I have no plans of relocating, Laycon tells fan

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I have no plans of relocating, Laycon tells fan

Laycon, winner of Big Brother Naija season 5 edition has made it known that he has no plans of relocating outside Nigeria, in spite of all that is embroiling in the country.

His statement comes after one of his Icon fans expressed that few of the ex-housemates are planning to relocate outside the country, asking what Laycon plans on doing.

Laycon, thereafter, restated his love and commitment to his fans, adding that for him to leave the country, he would have to go with all his fans.

 

 

The fan identified as Amara wrote on Twitter:

“Vee, Neo, Nengi, Ozo dey plan japaa, only Laycon still dey write motivational tweets. @itsLaycon which way na?!”

In response, he tweeted:

“If I wan japa, I gats carry all my icons with me… So until that one dey possible, I dey here with Una.”

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Untrained soldier flogs woman at ATM stand for telling him to join the queue

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Untrained soldier flogs woman at ATM stand for telling him to join the queue

A Nigerian lady, Ada-oma, has take to social media to recount her experience in the hands of a soldier with the Nigerian Army.

According to her, she was at an ATM machine of the UBA branch at Oshodi area of Lagos when a soldier  approched her, flouting the the rules of an existing queue.

The said soldier reportled assaulted Ada-Oma after she asked the uniform man to join the queue.

 

 

Taking to Twitter, she wrote,

“Hello Nigerians, I was just assaulted by an army official this morning 26/10/2020 at the ATM stand of @UBAGroup at their oshodi branch. i’m still shaking and crying as i write this because i have never felt this way in my entire life.

“I’m also scared writing this because he Threatened me. so my Life is your hands Nigerians.
I was on the ATM queue and this @NigerianArmy official asked me to move so he can pass, i asked him if he was on the queue that there is a queue, he asked me to move,i moved and continued asking him if he was on the queue, he flared up as you will see in the video below, and before i knew what happened he brought out his belt and hit me.

“This happened at your branch in oshodi and your security men were there. He hit me!!!!! I literally cried my way to the office. I never insulted him.

“Only asked if he was on the queue and he got angry and furious and violent. He threatened to make me bleed blood, in my own country because i asked if he was on the queue.I want justice.”

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