FG commences payment of ex-Biafran soldiers’ pension




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has commenced monthly pension to the Nigerian who defected to fight on the side during the Nigerian Civil War from 1967 to 1970.

FG commences payment of ex-Biafran soldiers’ pensionThe of the Military Board, Air Commodore Mohammed Dabo, made the comment while playing the host to the Minister of for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, in Abuja, on Thursday.

Dabo said that the Military Pension Board had already enrolled 160 of the ex-Biafran for the of their monthly .

According to him, the ex-Biafran were of the Nigerian who defected to but were granted Presidential pardon by former President Olusegun , in 2000.

The Militay Pension Board’s said that the board had to take the step to enforce of pension to them because the dismissal of the ex-Biafran soldiers from the Nigeria had been converted to .

He stated also that the Board had also been receiving additional list of such category of soldiers published in various Federal Government budgets.

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Dabo said that the commencement of payment of pension to the ex-Biafran soldiers had triggered agitation from soldiers of the Nigerian Army considered ineligible for pension for spending less than 15 years in the service.

He said, “Sir you may recall that in May 2000 granted Presidential pardon to personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces who defected to during the civil war. Their dismissal therefore commuted to . Subsequently, directed for their inclusion in the pension payroll which has generated a lot of irreconcilable problems.

“For instance, the ex-service men are currently paid monthly pension on the bar; that is assuming that they are 35 years of service irrespective of actual level of service. of the major contentious is the continuous receipt of additional list of Presidential pardoned soldiers published in various Federal Government gazzets.

“Out of the numerous names received, 160 have so far been successfully placed on the payroll.

“Additionally, the issue has also generated agitation from ex-soldiers who served on the Federal side but were not considered eligible for pension because they served less than 15 years. (Punch)

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