Peaceful protest by members of the Nigerian Union of local government employees in Edo State ended on a sad note on Wednesday as one member, Murphy Ayewoh, 53, who reportedly came from Uromi to join the protest, slumped and died.
Business activities across Benin metropolis were paralysed early on Wednesday as the local government workers embarked on the protest over refusal of the state government to pay them several months arrears of salaries.
Sources say that while efforts were made to revive the deceased who was inside a car on the convoy of Union leaders, on the way to the hospital he gave up the ghost.
The protest had commenced from five different locations in the city, led by the national president of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel and the Edo State president, Comrade Young Ilenikhena.
Members of the State Executive Council, SEC, members and LG workers across the 18 local councils were also in attendance with Comrade Khaleel expressing disappointed at the way and manner the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been handling the plight of the workers over the years.
He remarked that the governor has betrayed the confidence reposed on him as a former labour leader who ought to know the plight of not being paid salaries for months not to talk of over one year.
He noted that the Union would not relent until the workers were fully paid for their services, adding that the battle has just begun as plans are on the way to move the national secretariat of the Union to Edo State to press home their demands.
In the same vein, Comrade Ilenikhena stated that since the governor has declined and paid deaf ears to their yearnings, they on their part, are ready to broadcast to the whole world what they have been suffering in the hands of the government over the years.
Meanwhile, the body of the late Ayewo has been taken to Uromi and to be deposited at the general hospital in Uromi, Edo central while plan for his burial is said to be announced by the family members through the Union.

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