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Old ‘soljas’ draw battle line over pension arrears

Military pensioners in the country have directed their members all over the country to get ready for a mass action to protest what they said was nonpayment of their arrears and illegal deduction of funds from their allowances.

Asides refusal of government to pay them their arrears of the 53 per cent pension increase of 2010, they also complained about the pension review of 2003 salary increase effected without the monetised pensionable allowances for the year, and the approval of the 15 per cent pension increase for an average of 99 per cent salary increase in 2007.

The pensioners’ threat was contained in a statement by their leaders, Col. P.A Zubair, Col. HI Ikoghode and Capt. CD Roberts on Sunday.

They also appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the problem of effective pension payment to the ex-servicemen to avert the planned protests.

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