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: bbc.in/3nV4KHV
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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
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