Imo State pensioners have disclosed that they were invited by Department of State Security (DSS) officers for questioning after which they were asked to stop protesting their unpaid pension by the state government.
The secretary of the Imo State Pension Intervention Committee said the DSS invited and questioned them for four hours asking them to stop the rally they hold every Tuesday, saying they were disturbing the peaceful nature of the state. This happened 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.
He said, 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. We had written to them explaining the reason for our protest. They seemed to pity us, but they suddenly changed their mind. We told them we could not stop protesting. We have freedom of association as long as we are not violence, but they seem to have been compromised now.
There have been alot of back and forth on Imo State pension, the previous administrations left pension liability for the state government. The current administration recently advised civil servants and pensioners who have not received their payments to go to the data center to submit their necessary details.
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