Alleged Killing Of Graduate Sparks Protest In Kaduna Community
Mansur Abdullahi, a graduate of Sociology from Kaduna State University’s death has sparked protest.
He ventured into farming and trading after his graduation to take care of his mother, pregnant wife, and child at his Rigachikun community located at the outskirts of Kaduna city without bothering himself with searching for white-collar job, and he was doing well.
During the House of Representatives re-run election for 2023 in his community, Mansur, alongside other friends, was at his shop attending to customers while other residents went to cast their votes. Around 4pm, tension started growing at the polling unit after a top politician in the community, escorted by police and some youths, visited the voting centre.
A few minutes later, there was a skirmish at the polling unit as rival youths were alleged to have booed the politician, shouting ‘Bama Yi’, ‘Bama so’. As the place became tense and police started firing tear gas at the crowd as well as fire in the air, shop owners nearby started running for safety. That was when Mansur decided to also close his shop and return home. Unfortunately, he was hit by a bullet in the stomach. Residents alleged that it was one of the security men at the centre who fired the shot to disperse the youths hurling stones.
Mansur was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment but was later transferred to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital where he died around 10pm on the same day. Daily Trust gathered his death led to protests in the community by some aggrieved youths after he was buried in the community. It was gathered that the angry youth blocked the main Kaduna-Zaria highway to express their anger over the killing and demand for justice.
Tyres were set ablaze before the police arrived at the scene, and fired teargas in an attempt to restore law and order in the community. Our correspondent, who visited the community, also observed that security men, especially police, were deployed in strategic locations to avoid the breakdown of law and order.
Hardship: Pensioners dying in droves, NUP raises alarm
The Nigerian Union of Pensioners, NUP, has raised the alarm over the increasing deaths of members due to economic hardship in the country.
NUP lamented that due to the mass suffering and hardship caused by the economic downturn, pensioners are dying in droves across the country.
President of NUP, Mr Godwin Abumisi who spoke in Abuja, said no fewer than 1,500 NUP members had died in recent times due to economic hardship and high cost of living in the country.
He said “it is not in our power to distribute food items to pensioners in Nigeria, we do not have the resources. In Nigeria, government do not think about the poor people.
“Otherwise , how can pensioners in Enugu receive as low as N450 as monthly pension and we have been saying this but it seems as if we are crying wolf but it is a reality”, he said.
The NUP president said that many members across the country were also still earning as low as N500 and N1,000 as monthly pensions, especially in the South-East states.
According to him, the states that pay very low pension also include Borno N4000, Gombe N8,000, Jigawa N12,000, Katsina N7,000, Kogi N5000, Kwara N3000, Niger N4,000, and Taraba N5,000 among others.
Abumisi said “It is important to highlight here that the above pension rates are as low as shown above due to non-harmonisation of pensions which the union has always made a case for.
“This is also due to non-implementation and payment of the previously reviewed N18,000 minimum wage in 2010 and the N30,000 minimum wage in 2019 by many states of the federation.
“Sadly, the non-implementation of these salary reviews in the states has affected the corresponding increases in pensions in the various states under reference.