Biafra: Buhari approves payment of pension to pardoned police personnel
Biafra: Buhari approves payment of pension to
pardoned police personnel
Published on October 18, 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to
police personnel who served under the defunct Biafran police during the civil
The Police officers were granted presidential pardon in 2000.
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on Wednesday
announced that about 162 of such retired police officers and 57 Next of Kin
will be paid their benefits in the first phase which kicks off this month.
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 payrolled and 57 Next of Kin who have also not been paid their death
benefits will be paid in the first batch.”