Gabriel Nomsha from Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue state was formerly a civil servant.

He dedicated a substantial part of his active years to the civil service.

When he retired, he looked forward to receiving arrears and pension from the Benue State government.

He waited and waited but nothing was forthcoming, only empty promises and excuses. 

After a while,  a ray of hope shone through as the state government organised a screening exercise to commence payment.

He must have heaved a sigh of relief during the screening but to his surprise, few weeks after the exercise, they failed to pay him.

Days turn into weeks, weeks into months; months into years.

He got so depressed and frustrated that he resulted to hanging himself. 

This was confirmed by the Chairman, Coalition of Local Government Pensioners, Benue State, Mike Vembe.

He said that one of their members committed suicide by hanging due to frustrations with non-payment of owed allowances.

Vembe, who led over 2,000 local government pensioners to Government House, Makurdi on Tuesday, told newsmen, “One of our members, one Gabriel Nomsha from Gwer West Local Government Area, committed suicide last week when he was not paid after he had been screened.

“The man died of frustration because he had high hopes that he would get his pension after scaling the screening process.

“When that didn’t happen, he got frustrated and went and hung himself last week.”

The pensioners, who came from all the 23 local government areas, arrived Government House around 12 noon on Tuesday and slept at the gate overnight.

They were attended to on Wednesday.

They protested the non payment of their pension allowances which has run into 1.1 billion naira.