On Thursday,23rd January 2020, two pensioners were arrested in Umuahia for allegedly leading a protest against the state government’s failure to pay pension earners their salary.
The arrested persons included Daniel Amugo and Chukwuemeka Augustus, the Chairman and Secretary of a group, called Abia State Concerned Pensioners.
Speaking with reporters, the Vice Chairman of the group, John Kalu, said that police nabbed two people after their meeting with the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Aham Uko, in his office.
They wanted to embark on a peaceful protest in the city, they were in the meeting when the commissioner allegedly received a phone call, and shortly after the call, some police operatives met them on their way after the meeting and took them to the Umuahia Area Command.
The commissioner, however, denied holding any meeting with pensioners in his office
Reporting on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the pensioners were arrested for impersonating the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners in Abia.
He said that the matter was being investigated, and the national leadership of NUP had disowned the protesters.