Forty-seven years after the end of the Nigerian civil war, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved payment of pensions to Veterans-soldiers, policemen and paramilitary personnel who were involved in the civil war. Many of them, who were youths during the war, were either already dead or ageing.
The veterans, who were dismissed from service after the civil war that lasted between 1967 and 1970, and whose dismissal was commuted to retirements in the year 2000,will begin receiving their pensions by 20th of October 2017. It is not clear how this is to be done, since a database of the veterans appear not to be feasible. In fact, a verification was conducted by the defunct police pension office, Pensions Transition Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, and the Police service commission. even the few that were verified, many never got their pension. It was believed that a combination of bureaucratic bottlenecks and alleged fraudulent activities.
The PTAD, in a statement, announced that the payment will begin in Enugu state. “(President Buhari) has graciously given approval for the payment of pension entitlements to these officers and their next of kin. PTADis commencing payment of pensions benefits to the retired war affected police officers on Friday, 20th October 2017 in Enugu. 162 officers will be pay-rolled and 57 Next of Kins who are also not been paid their death benefits will be paid”