For those pressing for justice beyond the steps taken by those responsible for the deadly 2014 Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) interview, their day seems to have finally arrived with the arrest of the arrowhead of the exercise – Mr. Abba Moro, then Minister of Interior.
Even with the public apology offered by Moro, who took full responsibility for the incident that took the lives of about 20 applicants in March of that year and followed up monetary compensations and automatic job offers to some members of the families of the victims, many Nigerians felt the measures were not enough until the former Minister and officials of the NIS, who organised the ill-fated exercise were punished.
Their call for the sack of the minister, went unheeded by then President Goodluck Jonathan, while calls for his prosecution never saw the light of the day, until he left with the former President after his defeat in the presidential election of March, last year.
The former minister was reportedly arrested alongside then Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Fatima Bamidele and a director in the Immigrations, Fire Service, Prisons and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, simply identified as Ibrahim.
However, nothing was said about the fate of a former Comptroller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. David Parradang, who had earlier been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari, shortly after coming into office.