Police in Abia on Thursday, arrested pensioners in Umuahia, for allegedly planning to organizing a protest over the state government’s failure to pay their pension arrears.
The arrested pensioners are; Daniel Amugo, chairman of a group called State Concerned Pensioners, and Chukwuemeka Augustus, the secretary.
John Kalu, vice chairman of the group, while speaking with newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital, said that police arrested the two officials after their meeting with the Commissioner for Finance, Aham Uko, in his office.
He confirmed that they had wanted to embark on a peaceful protest in the city, before the commissioner invited their leadership to his office for the meeting.
He said that they were in the meeting when the commissioner allegedly received a phone call.
According to Kalu, some police operatives accosted them after the meeting, and took them to the Umuahia Area Command.
The commissioner, however, denied holding any meeting with pensioners in his office, the Guardian reports.
Speaking on the development, the police command spokesperson, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the pensioners were arrested for impersonating the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners in Abia.
Ogbonna said the command received a petition accusing the group of impersonation.
He said that the matter is being investigated, adding that the national leadership of NUP has disowned the protesters.