Some thugs on Thursday assaulted pensioners protesting the non-payment of over four months pensions and gratuities in Imo state.
The aged retired civil servants gathered at the Imo state government house, Owerri, to express their displeasure over the unpaid entitlements but were attacked by thugs who flogged and prevented them from moving close to the government house’ gate.
The thugs, wielding canes, had formed a barricade to prevent the resolute protesters from advancing towards the gate. Vexed by the insistence of the protesters, the thugs flogged them.
While the retirees were shouting and sobbing, a detachment of police operatives led by an assistant commissioner of police, AJ Moses, arrived at the scene.
One of the pensioners, Ebenezer Ibekwe, who spoke to journalists said that the thugs were sent by the government.
Ibekwe, who mentioned that he retired as a secondary school principal in 2011, said the thugs had poured water on them on their way to the government house in a bid to stop them from embarking on the protest.
The retiree said that no amount of intimidation by the state government would stop them from continually demanding that their pensions and gratuities be paid to them.
He said, “Thugs were flogging us their, fathers and mother. I pity them because they have dug their graves. At Warehouse junction, why we were coming, they accosted us and were pouring water on us. This has never happened in this state before.
“The monies we worked for and the government is sending urchins, idiots and never do wells to assault people who are old enough to be their fathers, mothers, and grandparents.”
See the video of the protest scene below:
In Imo State, thugs who appear loyal to the state government flogged pensioners protesting lack of pensions payment.
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