Soldiers chase away unpaid protesting pensioners in Calabar

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Pensioners in Cross River state have taken to the streets of the capital city, Calabar to protest the non-payment of their benefits by the state government since 2014.

According to reports, the pensioners were among those the state government announced to have been dead.

The pensioners, who were local government workers, blocked the Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar metropolis as they arranged chairs and sat on the two lanes of the road.

Pensioners in Cross River state took to the streets of the capital city Calabar to protest the non-payment of their benefits by the state government since 2014

However, it was gathered that soldiers chased away the protesting pensioners in Calabar.

According to an eyewitness who pleaded not be mentioned, "the pensioners who clutched their files had just arrived and sat on the road, and before they could settle down, soldiers came and chased away all of them."

He equally said, “Some journalists who came there were also flogged by the soldiers, and everyone ran away. They could not speak with the pensioners before this happened.”

Special Adviser Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state, Christian Ita, in a statement titled, ‘Cross River not owing verified pensioners',  explained that Cross River State owes no pensioner in the state or local government service.

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