HOODLUMS on Tuesday assaulted pensioners who were at the Imo State Government House in Owerri, the state capital, to protest against their five months, unpaid pensions and gratuities.
This is the fifth time in less than a month the senior citizens will protest against their non-payment of pensions and gratuities by the Governor Hope Uzodinma administration.
Trouble started when thugs clutching canes formed a barricade, stopping the pensioners from approaching the Government House main gate.
The senior citizens defied the situation, which led to their being flogged by the thugs.
While the retirees were shouting and sobbing, a detachment of policemen, led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, A.J. Moses, arrived at the scene.
The cops immediately dispersed the thugs before the police chief started appealing to the pensioners.
The pensioners accused the government of being insensitive to their plights.
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