Retirement Hell – BBC Africa Eye documentary


BBC Africa Eye goes undercover to expose an ineffective and corrupt pension system in Nigeria, which leaves some elderly people sick and penniless, yet grants some politicians inflated retirement packages.

Reporter Yemisi Adegoke travels to Cross River State to meet ‘Ghost Pensioners’ – elderly people whom the state declared dead and deprived of their pensions. Some of whom are forced to rely on financial support from their relatives and are subjected to dehumanising treatment from the state officials for petitioning for their pensions to be reinstated.

UPDATE: A few days after this investigation went out, pensioner Efika Cletus Lafin sadly died, according to residents in his village.

His pension payments had not been resumed. Read more:

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Credit list:

Reporter – Yemisi Adegoke
Filmed, Produced and Directed By – Katie Mark
Executive Producer – Shabnam Grewal
Assistant Producer – Obaji Akpet
Film Editor – Amanda Gunn
Researchers – Senami Kojah, Archibong Bassey
Investigative Consultant – Adejuwon Soyinka
Additional Camera –Karim Shah, Joshua Ajayi, Ayo Bello
Dubbing Mixer – Jez Spencer
Colourist – Boyd Nagle
Online Editor – Chris Stott
Digital Producer – Suzanne Vanhooymissen
News and Impact Producer – Alice Muthengi
Social Media Producer – Anusha Kumar
Reversioning Producer – Anna Payton
Digital Technician – Nazir Corriette
Production Co-Ordinator – Maxwell Murrain
Production Managers – Emma Hill, Simon Frost
Africa Eye Editor – Marc Perkins
Archive Provided By – TVC


titinette331 June 18, 2021 - 3:40 PM

What for such a documentary? This answer is known to everyone! Just waste of money! So many billions have been poured in Africa with so little results so far, it is so sad. When will people there fight their spoilers?

Rowanna Endose June 18, 2021 - 5:06 PM

Auditor General, don't forget, you are also a public servant, one day you will retire and wait for your pension just like this.

Noble Roman June 18, 2021 - 11:54 PM

Africa , the cradle of civilization 😜🤪

Esther Wambui June 19, 2021 - 6:31 AM

This people are running the Country as a private propperty. Very disturbing

Amy Jallow June 19, 2021 - 11:27 AM

This is why it's really hard to repatriate back to the Motherland, so much injustice in Africa which Rob's you off your basic human rights. It's so sad!!

Amy Jallow June 19, 2021 - 11:33 AM

Corruption is rife in Nigeria!!!

Karell Longe June 20, 2021 - 5:46 PM

This is utter wickedness! God will judge them. The blood of these old people is crying out. They are killing the pensioners and their families.

Standard Flight June 21, 2021 - 10:09 AM

Corruption to the max. Not surprise.

DALO DIESEL June 22, 2021 - 2:28 AM

Original personal regards reflect me auto signed

Dhillimore June 22, 2021 - 2:48 PM

This was very painful to watch….

D Keys June 22, 2021 - 8:39 PM

we always so quick to blame the white man but it be your own

alkebulan Senteu senteu June 25, 2021 - 7:11 AM

Africa creating monsters, that's why politicians should be assassinated

Robin Newbolt June 25, 2021 - 10:10 PM

So basically they killed them off to live off their pension this could be a easy fix. USA has ijs????

janet sanders June 26, 2021 - 4:50 PM

Investing rightly today can save you a whole lot of stress in the nearest future

Lyly Chris June 28, 2021 - 4:12 AM

May God forgive all the thieves. Money stolen is a curse not a blessing. How do u feel when someone else is suffering because of you? Repentance is the only solution.

Peter Kurten June 29, 2021 - 1:17 AM

This is no different in the US. SSI retirement benefits are 70% denied initially. Getting a lawyer specializing in SSI is almost required. Might as well be a bribe. At least there is more honesty in Nigeria.

America The Truth Speaks Volumes June 29, 2021 - 3:31 AM

The awesome citizens society in Africa is the poorest people in the world 🌎 causes of the worthless heartless scum trash president government if the awesome people citizens would overtake them all and run them worthless scum trash law breaking criminals ( president government) out of Beautiful African they would become well off citizens people and African would become a very rich country nation with so much stuff they got that maybe could turn African into one of the most powerful countries nation’s in the world 🌎
But you can’t learn anyone anything that’s to ignorant to be ignorant themselves 😎❤️

hotep 79 June 29, 2021 - 6:52 PM

This is sickening,how did we get to be this heartless?

Jacqueline Jones July 1, 2021 - 4:50 PM

I retired at 65. Working on the second half of my life .
Good luck to u all.
Because a young man in your country thinks Americans are rich he stole from me. Look at what u have to look forward too.
I get more in a year than you get in a life time. Hope he helped his family with that money.

中里悠紀 July 8, 2021 - 12:26 AM

Please ask older people to help politicians work

中里悠紀 July 8, 2021 - 12:34 AM

The Western world must give Africa dignity, for example using art

Aiden Tan July 8, 2021 - 11:22 AM

Black Lives Matter should start at Africa first lol

EM K July 13, 2021 - 7:18 PM

The civil servants who didn’t get paid there pensions are complaining but i am 100% sure they forced the public to pay bribes when they where civil servants. What hoes around comes around.

Gimme a Little of Everything July 17, 2021 - 1:11 PM

Entitled to four cars? Come on now!! Greedy!!!

Timolee August 9, 2021 - 12:00 PM

"Am not dead madam" and the old man could still afford a smile despite what he is going through. This ain't corruption it's total wickedness sending him love from Kenya I hope he gets justice.

Christine Nyakio August 10, 2021 - 10:07 AM

I hate seeing an African make a fellow African suffer,we should be our brothers keeper

ahmed nassir August 13, 2021 - 10:34 AM

Africa especially Nigeria corruption is so rumpant making it unbearable to live

Mat Boi August 19, 2021 - 10:59 AM

Human being in position of power ruthlessly exploiting the more vulnerable. Wonder where they learned that?

Upkar Jaiswal August 26, 2021 - 1:52 PM

I had to pay heavy bribe to get my pension in India 😡

Upkar Jaiswal August 26, 2021 - 1:53 PM

This is not justice 😡

Thensia September 4, 2021 - 3:30 PM

I swear she is pocketing that cash. No receipts to cover these payments. Shocking. He need to stop paying.


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