Ex-Military Men Lay Siege On Finance Ministry

0
55
PIC. 10. ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS FROM THE ANTI-TERRORISM SQUAD FROM THE POLICE BASE 3 IN RIVERS AND DSS OPERATIVES BARRICADING THE ACCESS TO THE SHARKS STADIUM, VENUE OF THE PDP NATIONAL CONVENTION IN PORT HARCOURT ON WEDNESDAY (17/8/16). IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT SITTING IN PORT HARCOURT IN A JUDGMENT ON TUESDAY RULED THAT POLICE AND DSS SHOULD PROVIDE SECURITY FOR THE NATIONAL CONVENTION. THE COURT ALSO DECLARED THAT ITS JUDGMENT OF 4TH JULY, 2016 VALIDATING THE NATIONAL CARETAKER COMMITTEE OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY REMAINS VALID AND SUBSISTING UNTIL VACATED BY THE COURT OF APPEAL. HOWEVER, JUSTICE OKON ABANG OF ANOTHER HIGH COURT GAVE A RULING TUESDAY EVENING IN ABUJA STOPPING THE CONVENTION BUT LAWYERS EMPHASISED THAT A RULING IS LESS EFFECTIVE THAN A JUDGMENT. 5762/17/8/2016/OCC/BJO/NAN 5763/17/8/2016/OCC/BJO/NAN
Share

Retired personnel of the Nigerian armed forces under the Coalition of Concerned Veterans stormed the Federal Ministry of Finance earlier today, demanding for an upward review of veteran ‎pension.

‎The aggrieved retirees who blocked the entrance of Ministry in the FCT, chanted solidarity songs while holding unto placards with various inscriptions to convey their messages.

‎Addressing news-men during the protest, Chairman of the group, Comrade Anthony Agbas called for a review of veteran pension every five years based on 53.37%

Spokesperson of the group, Abiodun Durowaiye-Herberts flawed the Federal Government for not paying attention to military men who laid down their lives for the unity of the country.

Other demands of the group includes payment of the balance of gratuity and pension for officers and soldiers who were discharged between the 30th of June 2003 and December 2007, as well as the implementation of the balance of 20.37% of pension he alleged was wrongly deducted from the 53.37% pension approved by government.

They however vowed to occupy the premises of the ministry until their requests are met. Unfortunately, they refused to be addressed by any Ministry official but the Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who was said to be attending the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.

Share this: