Hundreds of soldiers fighting at the war front in the North East have not been paid their allowances for several months, some soldiers have said.

The unpaid allowances include Peace Keeping allowances and the daily operational allowances
for those engaged in counter insurgency war in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the soldiers said.

A soldier who spoke to journalists in Yola said he and about two hundred of his colleagues from 158 Task Force Battalion who fought in the AU Peace Keeping operation in Guinea Bissau in 2015 were owed six months allowances.

Another soldier  said eight of the affected  soldiers  were killed by Boko Haram in a recent clash in Kareto
and another one died in an accident, disputing claims by military authorities that only one soldier died in Kareto, and insisting that the battalion lost eight men while several others went missing.

“When we fought in Guinea Bissau between 2014 and 2015, they promised to pay our allowances immediately we arrived in Nigeria but when we returned they sent us to Jaji for training and promised to pay us before the end of the training. Soon after the training we were posted to fight in Yobe and Borno and nobody is talking about our allowances any more”, one of the soldiers said.

Meanwhile, many soldiers interviewed by Daily Trust in Northern part of Adamawa said they had not received their operational allowances for between three to four months. “I have not received my operational allowance of N1000 per day since November. In every unit you find a number of soldiers facing similar problem,” the soldier said.

Source:Daily Trust


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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