Falana Demands Compensation for Families of Lagos Stampede Victims from Customs


Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has taken a bold stance to ensure justice for the victims of the tragic stampede that occurred during a food distribution event by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Lagos State.

On February 23, 2024, a stampede at the Customs’ Zonal Office in Yaba, Lagos, claimed the lives of several individuals as they rushed to purchase subsidized rice offered by the NCS.

Despite the immediate suspension of the food distribution initiative by the Customs following the incident, the families of the victims were left without compensation or acknowledgment of their loss.

However, Femi Falana’s commitment to justice has brought hope to these grieving families. In a statement, he demanded that the NCS take responsibility for the tragedy and provide adequate compensation to the bereaved families.

“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,” said Falana.

He emphasized that the NCS must accept full responsibility for the negligence that led to the avoidable loss of lives and urged them to promptly identify and compensate the families of the victims.

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Furthermore, Falana warned that legal action would be pursued if necessary to ensure that the fundamental rights of the deceased to life are upheld.

In addition to seeking compensation for the victims’ families, Falana urged the NCS to resume the distribution of the remaining bags of rice without delay.

He proposed that the distribution be conducted through the appropriate local government councils and development areas to prevent future incidents of stampedes.

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