civil service retirees in Imo State said the Department of State Security officers intimidated them by asking them to stop protesting their unpaid pension by the state government.
“The DSS invited us to stop the rally we hold every Tuesday,” said Maurice Amaechi, secretary of Pension Intervention Committee. “They said we are disturbing the peaceful nature of the state.”
The pensioners decided to establish the committee as a means to rally for their pension.
After thugs attacked the pensioners during their protest earlier in August, the DSS invited Amaechi and Collins Ohaneze who is the chairman of the committee.
Amaechi told Sahara Reporters that the DSS held them for four hours and accused them of disturbing the peace in the state.
“They want us to stop protesting on the road, and they want us to stop begging for alms for pensioners who are bedridden and cannot pay their medical bills,” Amaechi said
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