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PRESIDENT BUHARI APPROVES PAYMENT OF BIAFRA POLICE PENSION AFTER 17 YEARS OF PARDON

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On Wednesday The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) announced that about 162 of such retired police officers of the biafria and 57 Next of Kin of those who have died will be paid their pension benefits in the first phase of the payment with effect from Friday, October 20, 2017 in Enugu.

 

 

The President of Nigeria , Muhammadu Buhari who has been under pressure from the recent agitation from the IPOB members mostly from the south eastern part of Nigeria.But the president has taken full control of the situation.the president yesterday approved the payment of pension of the biafria police and solidersor there next of kin to the dead ones.

The breakaway republic of Biafra actually existed for about 30 months between 1967 and 1970. They rejoined Nigeria after they were defeated.

 

Some members of the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and paramilitary officers who took part with the Secessionist were dismissed from the service.
“The dismissal of those officers was commuted to retirement in the year 2000 through a Presidential Amnesty granted on 29th May, 2000 by the Administration of the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

A statement from the management of PTAD said after their pardon, a verification exercise was conducted for them by the defunct Police Pension office and recently by PTAD and the Police Service Commission.

The statement reads: “The general public would recall that Nigeria witnessed an ugly civil war between July, 1967 and January, 1970 and as a result of that unfortunate period in our history, some members of the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and paramilitary officers who took part with the Secessionist were dismissed from the service.

“The dismissal of those officers was commuted to retirement in the year 2000 through a Presidential Amnesty granted on 29th May, 2000 by the Administration of the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
“A verification exercise was conducted for the pardoned officers by the defunct Police Pension Office and recently PTAD on one hand and the Police Service Commission on the other.

“Despite the Presidential pardon and verification of these officers, many of them remained unpaid years after the pardon. However, the present administration under the able leadership of President, Muhammadu Buhari has graciously given approval for the payment of pension entitlements to these officers and their Next of Kin.
PTAD is commencing the payment of pension benefits to the retired war affected police officers on Friday October 20, 2017 in Enugu. 162 officers will be pay-rolled and 57 Next of Kin who have also not been paid their death benefits will be paid in the first batch.

Kudos to PMB for the kind gesture. This is a good move to douse the ethnic tensions a little bit. Funny enough, OBJ pardoned them in 2000 and Buhari is now paying them. In between 2000 and today, a certain Azikiwe ruled for 6 years and never cared about their plight.

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