Pensions payment to pardoned former Biafran officers begins on Friday

Pensions payment to pardoned former Biafran officers begins on Friday

The payment of pensions to soldiers, paramilitary and police officers dismissed for joining the Biafran forces during the Nigerian Civil War is to begin on Friday, October 20.

The development follows the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari of the payment of the affected personnel and their next of kin.

Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate recalled that the Obasanjo administration on May 29, 2000, commuted their dismissal by the federal government to retirement.

The directorate spokesman, Emma Okondo, explained that most of the pardoned personnel despite undergoing verification are yet to be paid their pensions.

The payment, according to him, will begin on Friday in Enugu with pardoned 182 police officers and 57 next of kin in the first batch of the exercise.

“Those to be paid are members of the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and the paramilitary officers who took part with the secessionists and were dismissed from the service.

“However, the dismissal of those officers was commuted to retirement in year 2000 through a Presidential Amnesty granted on May 29, 2000 by the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“The general public would recall that Nigeria witnessed an ugly civil war between July, 1967 and January, 1970,” Okondo stated.

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