Boko Haram: Fallen Nigerian soldiers’ relatives to receive allowances

A military inquiry has been set up to get more details in the recent fracas between soldiers and their General Officer Commander.

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said that allowances of fallen soldiers and those who died in active service will be paid on May 22 to their next of kins.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Olajide Layeye, a Brigadier General, told journalists in Abuja that the allowance is an effort by the Nigerian Army to ensure that welfare of military personnel is established.

“In line with the Chief of Army Staff’s determination to ensure that welfare is entrenched, the next of Kins of various officers and soldiers who died in active service will be provided with some upkeep allowances on Thursday 22 May 2014,” Mr. Layeye said.

Speaking on the recent report of the aggrieved soldiers who attacked their General Officer Commanding, GOC, he restated that a military inquiry has been set up and due process will be followed in handling the case.

“There will be due process concerning whatever occurred and at the end the media will be carried along,” he said.

Some soldiers, angered by the death of 12 of their colleagues in a Boko Haram ambush, had on May 14 opened fire on the vehicle of their GOC, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ahmadu Mohammed.

Mr. Mohammed, a Major General, was subsequently redeployed out of the division by the Defence Headquarters.

Mr. Layeye cautioned media organisations, individuals, groups or international organizations to desist from their deliberate acts of tarnishing the image of the Nigerian military.

He also asked Nigerians to support and see the Nigerian Army as partners in progress.

He enjoined citizens to join the war against terrorism; saying every citizen has a role to play in the war against terror.

He said that the Nigerian Army is putting in efforts in line with global best practices and constitutional provisions as well as respect for human rights and dignity in order to win the war against terrorism.

“The war on terrorism is a global war that evokes citizen’s civic responsibility. Nigerian citizens have a role to play in this war, no country in the world diminishes its armed forces,” he said.

Mr. Layeye also encouraged qualified and interested Nigerians to visit the Army’s portal to fill the Nigerian Army recruitment for soldiers and officers into the Direct Short Service Course, DSSC and Short Service Course, SSC.

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