More than 50 hoodlums yesterday flogged and beat up imo retirees who were undergoing a peaceful protest against non-payment of their six months outstanding pensions in Owerri, with a view to stopping their demonstration.
The incident, which occurred near Government House, Owerri, created tension in the state.
Reports also states that the hoodlums flogged and beat up the retirees after pouring them dirty water from the Gutter.
Majority of the protesters sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.
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.”
Governor Hope Uzodimma has denied the allegation, saying government didn’t send thugs to flog pensioners.
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