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Pension probe: Make it open, public – pensioners’ wives

*Protest at Unity Fountain

Wives of pensioners under the aegis of the Nigeria Women in Action has protested over unpaid pension arrears of their husband.

The women during the protest at the Unity Fountain, Friday in Abuja appealed to the Federal Government (FG) to consider payment of the pension outstanding.

Representative of the group, Mrs. Ebere Okafor, called for immediate and open prosecution of those involved in pension scandals that led to the delayed payment.

According to her, meeting daily welfare needs had been difficult and very challenging. “Mr. President, we want the money. Our children are in school but no school fees, some have dropped out because there is no money and we want the N3 trillion to start businesses,” she said.

Some the placards carried by the protesting women had these inscriptions; “All pension thieves must be probed”; “Please do not divert out intention from N1.6trillion to N2.1 billion”; “Nigerian women say NO to secret probe of pension fund.”

“They want our husbands to die, they steal our money every day. Imagine, they are stealing N300m every day, N5.32 billion every month and they say N3 trillion is hiding somewhere that belongs to our husbands.

“Let the ministry of Justice constitutes judges to handle the investigation. More President Muhammadu Buhari should monitor the investigation so that the money missing could be recovered for our husbands,” Okafor added.

They were with large inscriptions chanting for urgent interventions as some of their children had stopped schooling due to inability to pay their tuition fees and meet other sundry needs.

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