Pensioners in the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) are set to drag their Chairman, Mr. Ayo Bimite to Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) over allegation of extorting them of the sum of N2, 000 each for submission of Biometric Verification Number (BVN).
According to the aggrieved pensioners, the Federal government through NPA requested for BVN to update their bank accounts and to flush out ghost pensioners but did not ask them to pay N2000 each for BVN form.
Some of the leaders of pensioners in the south-south, South East regions said they are joining 11, 000 NPA pensioners nationwide to protest the illegal extortion.
The Chairman of Rivers State chapter, Mr. Chris Nnamene insisted that there was no time the Federal Government or the management of NPA ask pensioners to pay N2000 before they could submit their BVN.
He said he is worried because many pensioners who could not afford the N2000 were forced to borrow, adding that if the 11,000 NPA pensioners nationwide all paid, the national chairman and his cronies would be smiling to the bank with N22million.
He called on the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to investigate the allegation before few people would tarnish his image and reputation.
“We started suspecting that the N2000, was a fraud when the National Chairman of NPA pensioner told us that the Federal Government was about to sell NPA, that all members should pay N2000 to fight for it. But some of us disagreed and inform members not to pay.
“When that did not work, he came back and said the N2000 will be used to submit our BVN, and because he threatened that if any pensioner refused to pay he or she will no longer receive their pension. Of course, some of us are ignorance, so they started paying, but we are saying this is corruption.”