Pensioner dies during screening in Benin

BENIN — A pensioner, identified as Sunday Oboite, slumped and died, yesterday, during screening of pensioners of Oredo Local Government in Edo State. The pensioner slumped at the reception of the council secretariat after taking Viju milk and water, provided by a good Samaritan when he complained of hunger for several hours.

His death caused pandemonium among the council workers as they crowded the reception to catch a glimpse of his corpse. The 75 years old Oboite reportedly worked in the works department of the council before he retired. The council had directed that the pensioners come for screening before they would be paid their 10 months pension arrears. Vanguard gathered that when the pensioners presented themselves for screening at 8a.m., they were asked to go to Urhokpota Hall, which is about 100 meters away. However, the late pensioner was unable to go with his colleagues but chose to wait at the reception due to hunger. Secretary of Oredo Pensioners Association, James Erhunmen-se, said Oboite came to the screening venue alone and complained of not having any money to buy food and drugs. He slumped at 1:20p.m. and doctors at the council confirmed him dead. But by 3p.m., his corpse was yet to be removed.

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