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EDO PENSIONER SERVES GOVERNMENT SUICIDE NOTICE *Plans to take his life on Valentine Day February 14

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By Patrick Ebojele, Benin.

February 14 every year represents lovers day worldwide, a day set aside by lovers for the celebration of love and to demonstrate love to one another.
But February 14 this year is not going to be a day for Dennis Amayo to show love to anyone. This is the day Amayo intends to kill himself over the pension owed him by the Edo State government.
Amayo, a 57 years old retiree from the Edo State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has threatened to take his own life should the state government declined to pay his eight months pension arrears.
Dressed in a faded brown brocade and armed with his documents in an envelope, Amayo, who claims to have four grown up children, stormed the Oba Oguola Complex of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists where he laid bare his ordeal.
Adams Oshiomole of Edo State.
*Adams Oshiomole of Edo State.
He said: “All I want is for the state government to pay me my 8 months pension before February 14, 2014. As I speak with you my father’s remains after his death three ago is lying in a mortuary in Agbor. I’m not scared if Police arrest me tomorrow because am tired of life.  I gave my life to the service of the state, why should I be made suffer untold hardship?”
According to Bendel State of Nigeria Gazette dated 18th January, 1979, Amayo was employed as a field overseer with appointment dated July, 1978 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
An apparently frustrated man, he said he resides at No 79,Sapele road in Benin City and hails from Igbanke Community in Orhiomnwon local government area of Edo State.
He said he decided to offer himself as sacrificial lamb for others, adding that “after ‘am gone maybe government would take the welfare of pensioners who have given their productive life to the service of the state more seriously”.
When asked what method of death he intends to adopt to end his life, he said “there are several ways to die. I may take rat poison, or hang on electric wire, but more importantly tell the Governor to pay my money.”
He threatened to burn his voters register card, which he used to vote Governor Adams Oshiomhole, and rub the ashes on his chest before committing suicide.                      
However, sources close to Western Post at the state Pensions Board located on 4 Brigade Command road, said Amayo might just be among the last batches of pensioners who are yet to be paid by the state government.
The source added that the board was presently preparing batches 43 and 44 for payment and that batch 42 of the pensioners had been with the state governor since the past seven months.
He said maybe the complainant did not bother to process his file since he retired from active service.