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There was pandemonium in Benin on Tuesday, as a 75-
year-old pensioner, Sunday Oboite, collapsed and died
while waiting on queue for screening at the Oredo local
Sources at the local government council disclosed that the
council which called for the screening, is owing the
pensioners nine months pension arrears.
It was gathered that when the late Oboite collapsed on the
queue, other pensioners, especially women, scampered in
different directions around the popular and ever busy Ring
Road where the council is located.
Efforts by the few male pensioners and council officials who
mustered boldness to assist the victim failed to revive him as
he died on the spot.
Commenting on the incident, the Secretary of Nigerian Union
of Pensioners (NUP), Oredo local government area chapter,
Sunday Erumwunse, attributed the death of the late pensioner
to starvation that might have resulted from non payment of
their pension arrears.
He called on the authorities of the local government council
to expedite action and pay up the pensioners to forestall
One of the pensioners, Pa John Eweka, who was saddened by
the death of his late colleague, said, “I believe he died of
hunger. They are not paying us and many of us find it
difficult to feed.
Pa Eweka called on the government to assist the family of the
deceased with money for his funeral.
Efforts made to speak the chairman of Oredo local
government council, Ms Sweet Ikpomwosa, failed, as she
refused to speak with journalists.
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