- Some families of military personnel who died in active service are lamenting
- The families of the fallen soldiers claim they have been neglected by the military authorities
- Months after the Nigerian Army promised to pay their late husbands’ benefits, the families are yet to receive anything
A report by Premium Times has detailed how the Nigerian Army practically abandoned some families of military personnel, who were killed in the fight against Boko Haram in the northeast months after promising them the prompt payment of the fallen heroes gratuities.
Among those affected are families of Sunday Orji, an officer with army number 04/55/1726, and Sunday Samuel, army number 01/NA/50/725.
The report stated that many of the widows now engage in the production of garri for survival while the kids have dropped out of school.
Back in April, the defence headquarters reached out to Emelia Orji, wife of one of the slain soldiers who died on the battlefield in 2015, with the promise to pay her husband’s gratuity that month.
Though Mrs. Orji submitted all the necessary documents to claim her husband’s entitlement in Bonny Camp, she has, however, heard nothing from military authorities five months later.
Speaking with the newspaper publication on Thursday, September 10, Mrs. Orji said she went for an update in August and she was denied entry to Bonny Camp.
Just like the Orji's family, the military also reached out to Janet Samuel, the daughter of Sunday Samuel who was killed in an attack by insurgents on Maiduguri, Borno state in 2017.
Janet noted that military officers in Odogbo Barracks in Ibadan visited the family with the promise that her father's gratuity would be paid. So far nothing has been done since.
Despite the newspaper publication providing the defence headquarters with contacts of families reportedly neglected, no follow up has been done to pay them after the army explained that they have begun the process of payment back in May.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in what will be good news to Nigerians who are eager to serve their father's land, the Army has announced the commencement of recruitment exercise for short service combatant course and direct short service course.
This was announced in a statement on the Facebook page of the Army on Wednesday, August 19.
"This is to inform the general public that the web portal for SSC47/2021 and DSSC26/2021 is now online and the registration will commence immediately," the statement read.
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