Overzealous policemen in Akwa Ibom state on Monday, January 23, beat up children of pensioners demanding their parents’ unpaid gratuities at the Government House's gate.
Police Beat Up Children Of Pensioners Demanding Their Parents' Gratuities
The protesting youths, said to be next of kin to retired primary school teachers in the state had converged at the Government House for a peaceful demonstration.
According to the Punch, the protesters were beaten and chased away on the orders of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, C. Abibo irked at the sight of the crowd demanding that government pay the unpaid gratuities.
“Beat up these people; if you cannot beat them; let me beat them myself,” Abibo said.
More than five policemen thereafter descended on the group’s leader, Benjamin Benson, and tore his clothes.
The police also used tear gas canisters and an Armoured Personnel Carrier to disperse the over 100 protesters.
Three of the protesters were arrested and bundled into a waiting police patrol van while threats were issued to journalists on ground to cover the protests.
The protesters, under the aegis of Coalition of Families: Next of Kin of Late Primary School Teachers in Akwa Ibom State, have called on the police to immediately release their colleagues they arrested for demanding their rights.
The spokesman for the group, Aniekan Thompson, said the families of the dead teachers had obtained letters of administration from the court and had been screened by the State Universal Basic Education Board since 2010, which gave them clearance slips for payment.
Thompson further described the manner the police officers acted as unbecoming of officers of the law.