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Buhari approves Payment of Pension to Retired Officers who Fought in Biafran Army




The Federal Government says it will commence the payment of pension benefits to retired war-affected police officers and their next-of-kin.

A statement by the management of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) in Abuja on Wednesday indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval for the payment of pension entitlements to the affected officers and their next-of-kin.

Some members of the Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and some paramilitary officers that took part with the secessionist group (Biafra) in the 1967 civil (Biafran) war were earlier dismissed from the service after the war.

The dismissal of the officers was later converted to retirement in 2000 through a presidential amnesty granted on May, 29, 2000 by the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

A verification was conducted for the pardoned officers by the defunct police pension office and recently PTAD, on one hand and the Police Service Commission.

In spite of the presidential pardon and verification of the officers, many of them remained unpaid years after the pardon.

According to the statement, PTAD is to commence the payment of  the benefits to retired war affected police officers on Friday in Enugu.

It said the first batch of payment would also involve the payrolling of 162 affected officers and 57 next-of-kin that were yet to be paid the death benefits of their deceased persons.


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  1. Bowl

    October 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    O diegwu ! A great many an Igbo man is totally disenchanted with this system! Work hard at it all you want , we will never be bought over !

  2. nnenne

    October 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Are they still alive?
    So, after declaring no Victor, no vanquished, Biafran soldiers were never assimilated and rehabilitation and reconstruction never took place!
    Well, thanks Buhari but thus is a little too late.

    What the south East really need most, is an enabling environment.

  3. nnenne

    October 19, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Some of state / local leaders mess up from time to time. The way forward is to monitor them.
    If you award a contract, make sure there’s a time frame. Spell out in details, what you want done and always follow through! !!
    If it is not done as contracted, hold them accountable in real time.

  4. Manchy babe.

    October 20, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Hehehe. I am laffing in Igbo. This is pre 2019 election warm up. You know very well the igbos can’t stand you. You want to buy us over. Odi egwu. Jisike,the igbo man is not a fool and will not be fooled. Continue to decieve yourself. nNama !!!!!

  5. tunmi

    October 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    he does….it’s suspect
    he doesn’t…it’s suspect

    abeg go collect your pension. and please KEEP RECORDS!!!

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