Commotion and outrage ensued at the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State following the mysterious death of a local government pensioner, identified as Sunday Oboite, who slumped and died during screening at the reception of the local government secretariat.
According to information gathered, the 75-year-old pensioner, who retired from the Works department of the council, was at the secretariat for screening which the council had directed the pensioners to undertake before they would be paid their 10-month pension arrears.
It was gathered that the septuagenarian, who complained of hunger for several hours, slumped at about 1.20pm after taking Viju milk and water offered to him by an unidentified person.
The pensioner, who was later confirmed dead by some doctors at the council sparked a protest among other pensioners, who were enraged by what had befallen their colleague.
The source said, “Some of them complained that they had presented themselves for screening at the secretariat at about 8am, but were later informed to go to Urhokpota Hall, about 100 metres away. They also decried the delay in the exercise, which took hours before it commenced.”
The Secretary of Oredo Pensioners Association, Erhunmen James confirmed the incident to pressmen.
Meanwhile, a pensioner, James Omorogbe, said that the death of Oboite could have been avoided if the council officials had prepared for the screening properly.