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Nigerian govt to pay gratuities of 102 ex-Biafran soldiers – Magashi

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Nigerian govt to pay gratuities of 102 ex-Biafran soldiers – Magashi

The Military Pension Board captured as many as 102 former Biafran soldiers who obtained presidential pardons for the payment of gratuities and other emoluments.

Defense Minister Salihi Magashi made the disclosure during the ministerial briefing to mark Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2022 at the Army War College.

Explaining why only 102 of the veterans were captured for payment, Mr Magashi said the war ended 51 years ago and many of those involved are no longer alive.

He, however, urged those with genuine complaints to bring their requests for consideration.

Mr. Magashi spoke at the ministerial briefing to mark Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2022 at the Army War College.

He said: “The payment of pensions and bonuses to retired military personnel is now fast and regular.

“In line with the current administration’s anti-corruption stance, the Defense Ministry, together with the Military Pensions Board, conducts a regular verification exercise for military retirees.

“The purpose of the exercise is to streamline and check for leaks in the system. It will interest you to know that the Military Pensions Commission has just concluded the documentation of the ex-soldiers of Biafra in total 102 who were pardoned by the President.

“The ministry would continue to engage retirees through relevant bodies such as the Nigerian Legion, the Veterans Division and the Military Pensions Board to ensure that the government’s obligations to them are met. “

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