In Edo State capital, on Wednesday August 3rd, there was catastrophe, when an employee of Esan North-East Local Government Council, identified as Peter Ayewoh, slumped and died during a mass protest by the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees over unpaid salary arrears.
Ayewoh was reportedly an employee of the Works department,. He slumped while protesting with hundreds of his counterparts from the 18 local government councils.
He was said to have been taken to a hospital, where he was apparently confirmed dead and his remains later deposited in a mortuary in Uromi.
The protesting workers carried various placards, lamenting the failure of local government authorities to pay the outstanding salaries, ranging from two to 18 months.
The protest paralysed commercial activities in major areas in Benin, as the aggrieved workers marched in their hundreds from Five Junction to Ring Road before making their way to Sapele Road.
Egor Council is said have the highest backlog of unpaid salary arrears.