There was mild drama on Thursday as security agents, working on the directive of the Ogun State Government, locked out protesting local government pensioners at the Governor’s office, Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The pensioners under the aegis of Local Government Pensioners Association (LOGPAN) had stormed the state secretariat in protest over the alleged refusal of Governor Dapo Abiodun to pay their gratuities.
As early as 8am, the senior citizens, armed with placards, had gathered around the state secretariat for their demonstration.
The procession of the aged protesters, however, met a brick wall at the second gate of the secretariat, leading to the Governor’s office, as security agents hurriedly locked the gate against them.
However, the State Chairman of Local Government Pensioners Association (LOGPAN), Sikiru Ayilara, and a handful of the officials, engaged security agents in an altercation to gain entrance.
Enraged by the act, Ayilara attempted to force the gate open, raining abuses, but the security agents, including police, NSCDC and private security guards, failed to budge.
Workers were left stranded with government activities paralysed momentarily.
The protest climaxed the three-day fasting declared by the pensioners over the backlog of unpaid gratuity.
Apart from placards with various inscriptions, the pensioners were armed with mats, insisting that they would not leave the governor’s office until their demands were met.