Police Break Up Protest over Unpaid Entitlements by Next-of-Kin of Late Retired Primary School Teachers
Policemen in Uyo yesterday dispersed a protest by the next-of-kin of late retired primary school teachers in Akwa Ibom State who were marching to the Government House over non-payment of the entitlements of their deceased relatives.
Our correspondent Anthony Esin reports that the armed policemen who surrounded the venue of the protest at Wellington Bassey Way shot in the air at about 6:45 pm while chasing the protesters who mobilized to the protest ground since morning, demanding to see the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
One of the protesters who sustained minor bruises on his arm after an altercation with the policemen told Planet News at the scene of the protest that the fracas began when the policemen restricted them from advancing towards the gate of the Government House.
Asked whether the action by the police was triggered by any form of unruly behaviour from the protesters, the protesters denied being violent at any point during the protest.
On why they decided to embark on the protest, the aggrieved relatives of late primary school teachers accused the state government of paying only the entitlements of selected individuals who are relatives of top government officials at the expense of the vulnerable ones.
Our correspondent reports that while the policemen said they decided to disperse them so the protest would not be highjacked by hoodlums, the protesters vowed to keep protesting until their backlog of entitlements is paid by the government.
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