Connect with us

National News

Pensioner commits suicide in Benue State

Published

on

A Pensioner has committed suicide in Benue State, this sad news was confirmed by the Chairman, Coalition of Local Government Pensioners, Benue State, Mike Vembe, has said that one of their members committed suicide by hanging due to frustrations with non payment of pension allowance.

Vembe, who led over 2,000 local government pensioners to Government House, Makurdi on Tuesday, told newsmen, “One of our members, one Gabriel Nomsha from Gwer West Local Government Area, committed suicide last week when he was not paid after he had been screened.

“The man died of frustration because he had high hopes that he would get his pension after scaling the screening process.

“When that didn’t happen, he got frustrated and went and hung himself last week.”

The pensioners who came from all the 23 local government areas of the state arrived Government House around 12 noon on Tuesday and slept at the gate overnight. They were attended to on Wednesday.

They protested the non payment of their pension allowances running into N1.1bn.

Vembe said the protest became necessary after the state ministry of finance stopped giving money to Local Government Pensions Board.

“We slept at the gate of the Government House since yesterday (Tuesday) to press home our demands for the payment of our pension.

“The Finance Ministry stopped giving money to Local Government Pensions Board and this is causing us hardship,” he explained.

The pensioners carried placards with various inscriptions, including, “Retirement is not a crime, pay all retirees, 2015 inclusive;” “Our governor, hear our prayers please;” “Our children are suffering in school;” “We are sick due to poverty and age,” etc.

Efforts by security men at the Government House to disperse them failed, as the pensioners refused to vacate the gate.

However, the governor, who was on his way to Abuja, eventually addressed them.

After listening to their complaints, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed sympathy for them and assured that their welfare was of utmost importance to his government.

He promised to do everything possible to clear their pension arrears.

The governor also directed his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Titus Zam, to include one of the pensioners’ leaders on the Local Government Joint allocation Committee.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

National News

End SARS: Masari Charges Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of Police Brutality

Published

on

#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality
#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality

Aminu Masari

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari of Katsina State has urged the 11 men committee Judicial Panel to give recommendations going forward to end police brutality in the state.

He gave the charge during the inauguration at Government House Katsina on Saturday.

He also tasked them to come forward with general recommendations that will promote an endearing relationship between the Nigerian Police Force and the general public.

Read Also: #EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

The panel of inquiry will be headed by Justice Abbas Abdullahi Bawale of the Katsina State High Court of Justice.

Other members of the Commission include Retired AIG Danlami Yar’adua, Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim Zango, Alhaji Bello Musa Dankano, Professor Usman Dhun-nurain, Hajiya Rabi Mohammed, and Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina.

 

Continue Reading

National News

#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

Published

on

#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack
#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

TVC news Logo

Television Continental popularly known as TVC News is back on air after it was attacked by suspected hoodlums on Wednesday morning.

Recall that the host of popular ladies show ‘Your View’, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, had confirmed during the show on Wednesday that hoodlums had entered the premises of TVC.

The hoodlums had attacked the TV station a few hours after #EndSARS protesters were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers on Tuesday night.

Also Read: End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

There were speculations that the TV station was attacked because of its link to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Workers of the TV station were rescued by Men of the Police Rapid Response Squad who were in the compound to offer protection.

 

Continue Reading

National News

End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

Published

on

#EndSARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew
#EndSARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has lifted the 24-hour curfew on two major cities in the state following the outbreak of violence when the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums.

Recall that on Tuesday night,  Aba and Umuahia went under curfew in a statement by the Governor.

However, following the return of calm to the affected areas, Ikpeazu directed that the curfew in the State be relaxed to now take effect from 6 pm to 6 am from Sunday, 25th October 2020.

Also Read: Edo govt extends ultimatum for escaped inmates by one week

This was made known by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.

The Governor also directed all markets in the State to be reopened during the day, while Market committees should mobilize adequate security teams to watch over the markets at night and during the day.

Governor Ikpeazu further directed all commercial tricycle operators to henceforth vacate the roads during the curfew time of 6 pm-6 am daily.

Continue Reading

Trending