Four pensioners slumps at protest over five months pension arrears


No fewer than four pensioners were on Tuesday rushed to an undisclosed hospital as they slumped during a protest march in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

The retirees were demanding five months pension arrears.

The retirees had blocked roads leading in and out of the state government house, demanding that the Governor Hope Uzodinma administration pay them their pensions and gratuities.

Clutching placards depicting their plight, the senior citizens accused the state governor of frustrating them.

He said, “The government is owing us a total of 45 months, but we are asking government to pay us five months arrears accumulated since March 2020.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Issac Akinmoyede, who addressed the pensioners, assured them that their matter would be discussed at the state security meeting which holds on Wednesday.