APC, CSO, Clash In Benin Over N300M Pension Package For Oshiomhole And Deputy

By Ikenga Chronicles November 23, 2016

No fewer than 12 people were brutally injured in the clash between the members of Civil Society Groups and youths loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) in Benin the Edo State on Tuesday, November 22.

The Members of the Civil Society Groups had staged a protest against the recent amendment of the 2007 pension benefits for former governors and deputy governors .

In the proposed amendment which was carried out few days after Governor Godwin Obaseki was sworn in, N300 million worth of choice houses were approved for immediate past Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu, as well as other huge offers.

As the angry protesters converged on the National Museum Complex near Kings Square, otherwise known as Ring Road, APC youths descended on them,alleging that they were sponsored by the members of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

The APC youths destroyed the vehicle and banner with bold inscription: “Edo People Say No To Bogus Pension Package for Ex-Governors and Deputies” used by the protesters.

According to reports making the rounds, during the ugly incident armed policemen deployed to the Assembly Complex watched helplessly as the two parties engaged in combat which lasted for about an hour.

The spokespersons for the CSOs, Comrades Omobude Agho and Osaze Edigin, condemned the attack and described it as an attempt to murder democracy in the state.

“These were people protesting without even broom. You saw how they destroyed cars. We just rushed some of us to the hospital now. Other comrades and I were beaten mercilessly.”

“We were shocked to see some members of the past government in a blue Mercedes Benz driving and giving them [youths] instructions. We saw some people we recognised very clearly, we know them they are politicians whose wives and children are not in this state, they are not even in this country. I think our democracy has eventually been murdered,” Agho said.

But the leader of the APC youth group, Comrade Joseph Amufua, said: “We are aware that some persons are protesting against the pension benefits to the former governors and their deputies. We want to make it known to Edo people that these people are being sponsored by the PDP.”

“We are the youths of Edo State and we welcome the pension benefits for Comrade Governor Oshiomhole and his deputy.”

In a swift reaction, the state government described the allegation by the CSOs as malicious and had no iota of truth.

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