Show Of Shame In Owerri As Protesting Pensioners And Unknown Men Engage In Bloody Brawl Near Government House [Photos]
Approximately 50 unidentified men yesterday in Owerri interrupted the latest protest by retirees in the state who were demanding the non-payment of their six months outstanding pensions.
They pounced on the group near the near Government House and after trying to disperse the group by spraying them with sewage water from gutters, then commenced flogging and physically assaulting them.
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Needless to say, this caused quite a stir as thee pensioners tried to defend themselves escalating the brawl even more.
Some eyewitnesses said that there were also attempts to snatch the bags of the female protesters as well as dispose others of their personal belongings. The Awareness could not verify this yet.
Finally because of the intervention of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, A. J. Moses and a team of anti-cult policemen prevented the incident from degenerating and resulting in loss of lives. However, quite a few people were rushed to the hospital sporting an array of injuries.
Speaking to newsmen, one of the pensioners, Dr Ebenezer Ibekwe, accused the state government of hiring the thugs to disrupt their protest sharing:
“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.”
In response, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Hope Uzodimma on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, denied the allegation that the government was behind the Malay.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, accused opposition elements of sponsoring the pensioners’ several protests in the state.