Sani Muhammad Sani
Nigerian Military Pensions Board (MPB) has debuked news punlished last week by to online news medium claiming that the widows of 91NA/32/4128 Corporal Oladejo Joseph and 04NA/55/1726 Lance Corporal Sunday Orji are yet to be paid the death benefits of their deceased husbands several years after the demise of their benefactors.
The Board in press released digned by its Public relations Officer, Flight Lieutenant Olayinka Lawal states that these claims are totally false and should be disregarded by well-meaning Nigerians.
“This is because preliminary investigation carried out by the Military Pensions Board on the said allegation revealed that the death benefits of these two soldiers were paid to their recorded Next of Kins (NOKs) in December 2013 and November 2018 respectively. For the purpose of emphasis, the death benefits of 91NA/32/4128 Corporal Oladejo Joseph was paid to the First Bank account of one Precious Joseph Ayomide who happens to be the daughter and recorded NOK of the deceased soldier in the Board’s database, while the death benefits of 04NA/55/1726 Lance Corporal Sunday Orji was also paid to the Guarantee Trust Bank account of Mrs Emilla Orji Sunday who is the wife and the recorded NOK of the deceased soldier.” The statement said
The account numbers and the amounts paid to these NOKs are not disclosed in order to respect the confidentiality of such details but would be released if the need arise.
The Board request the publishers of story to immediately publish a rejoinder to set the records straight and to allay any fears this publication would have caused personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in particular, their NOks and Nigerians in general.
Having stated this, the Board wishes to encourage pensioners, NOKs, well-meaning Nigerians and most importantly, members of the press to always contact the Board through its call center whenever in doubt about the board processes and procedures.
The board said not minding this distraction remains resolute and will continue to sustain the prompt payment of all entitlements due to military retirees or their NOKs in a prompt and accountable manner.