2000 prospective immigration officers whose training were suspended shortly after President Buhari assumed office last year, had a vigil in front of the state House on Friday August 19th into Saturday August 20th.
The protesters were almost done with their training and were about to start off work as Immigration officers when President Buhari on August 20th last year ordered that their recruitment exercise be suspended. The protesters were in the state house to demand that their suspension be called off and they be absorbed fully into the Ministry of Interior.
The process for their recruitment was started by the last administration in 2014 but after the failure of the exercise which saw over 20 applicants dying, another recruitment exercise was started on February 9th 2015.
Over one million Nigerians applied but 48,747 were shortlisted from which 2,000 including 1,457 males and 543 females were offered provisional appointments by May 22nd 2015. When the President Buhari led administration came into power, the training of those shortlisted was suspended in August.
Despite interventions from the House of Representatives on Interior calling for the presidency to absorb the affected applicants, their case has remained unanswered.