Jubilation as Ex-Biafran Police receive Pension Alert from FG

17 years after ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo granted them amnesty, the President Buhari-led federal government on Friday, paid former Biafra police officers who fought during the civil war, pensions.

The ex-Biafra police officers from South-East and South-South, went wild in joy as they started receiving alerts for their pensions 17 years after.

Buhari had on Wednesday approved the payment of pensions to the dismissed Biafra police officers who fought in the 30-month Nigeria-Biafra civil war which ended in 1970.

Over 400 of the officers who gathered at Ingrace Event Centre, Rangers Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu, venue of the flag off of the pension payments of retired war-affected police officers danced in joy as President of the Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria, Fidelis Oyakhilome pressed the button of the instant transfer machine and they started receiving alerts of the payment in their various bank accounts.

In her speech on the occasion, Executive Secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, said that she was highly elated to commence the payment of pension benefits to the retired war-affected police officers.

Also retired police DIG and now President of the Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria, Mr Fidelis Oyakhilome, thanked President Buhari for making it possible for the retired Biafra police officers to get their pension many years after they have been granted amnesty.