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We Will Resist All Forms Of Attack Orchestrated By The Governor - Imo Pensioners

We Will Resist All Forms Of Attack - Imo Pensioners
The Pensioners in Imo State had brought to limelight what transpired between its members and members of thugs sent by the Governor to halt their protests.

The Imo State Governor who recently made a public address said the government would not tolerate any form of illegal protests in the State.

Tuesday, 4th August 2020, witnessed heavy gridlock near the government house as a group of thugs alleged to have been imported from Egbema surrounded the old men and women protesting for their unpaid five months arrears and gratuities.

Confirming the incident, the Assistant Inspector general of Police, A. J. Moses with his men said their timely intervention prevented the thugs to carry out any further attack on the senior citizens.

Similar protest took place on 30th June, which also disrupted vehicular activities for several minutes around the government house. The agitation came as a result of the Government's inability to meet with the demands of the pensioners before the promised date of the Governor's special assistant, Mr. Cosmos Iwu.

Though, the June protests were a futile one as they were refused entrance by the Security personnel at the Statehouse. The protests include a vast majority of men and women who are above 80 years of age.

Accusing the State Governor of sponsoring the thugs, the protesters vowed to rebuke and resist every form of attack to prevent them from getting their entitlements. Report also has it that the hoodlums attempted to snatch their purses but were refuted by the old men.
We Will Resist All Forms Of Attack - Imo Pensioners
Speaking to a media source, one of the pensioners, Dr. Ebenezer Ibekwe, accused the state government of hiring the thugs to disrupt their protest saying, “How can you owe old men and declare them ghost pensioners and still don’t want them to demand their entitlements?

“The thugs were flogging us because we said we are not ghost pensioners as they have tagged us. Also at the Freedom Square, some of them poured us dirty water to stop us from protesting.”
Meanwhile, the State government had cleared the air on the claim that the gangs were sent by the Governor. According to a report from Mr. Modestus Nwakpa, Senior special assistant to the Governor on media claimed that the Governor neither sent nor orchestrated the attacks on the pensioners.
He further stated that the Governor rather paid about 80 percent of the retirees their pensions, remaining about five thousand of them with payment issues which will still be sorted out by the board in charge following due protocols.
Bemoaning on the situation, one of the pensioners who pleaded unanimous told newsmen that the attack was the first kind in the State.
"This has not happened before in the history of this State. This is uncalled for and should not be condoned. How can he order thugs to flog people who are agitating for their hard-earned money, something the worked for."

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