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Hardship: Customs Must Compensate Families Of Lagos Stampede Victims — Falana

Monday 11 March 2024

Controversial human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service to compensate the families of victims of a stampede in Lagos State last month.

INFORMATION NIGERIA recalls that some individuals, lost their lives during the purchase of seized rice put on sale by the NCS in the state, on February 23, 2024.

It was gathered that the tragic incident led to the immediate suspension of the food disposal initiative by the Customs.

However, Falana, after few weeks, insisted that the NCS authorities must compensate the families of the victims.

READ MORE: Hardship: Customs Suspends Sales Of Foodstuffs Over Stampede In Lagos

He said: “It is sad to note that the authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service have not deemed it fit to identify the bereaved families of the deceased and commiserate with them. As a matter the deceased persons have been blamed for their ‘impatience’.

“Since it is common knowledge that similar distribution of food items to poor people had recorded stampede in the recent past, the authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service must accept full responsibility for the blatant negligence that led to the avoidable death of the seven citizens.

“Since a bag of rice was selling for N77,000 at the material time, it ought to have occurred to the Nigeria Customs Service that its Zonal Headquarters in Yaba would not be able to contain the crowd that had been invited to purchase a 25kg bag of rice at N10,000.

“Therefore, the authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service should take urgent steps to identify the bereaved families of the seven deceased citizens with a view to paying them adequate monetary compensation.

“However, if our advice is ignored by the authorities, we shall not hesitate to approach the Federal High Court to enforce the fundamental right of each of the deceased persons to life as guaranteed by section 33 of the Nigerian Constitution and article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.”

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via: Information Nigeria

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