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Widows Of Nigerian Soldiers Cry Out For Help Over Her Late Husbands’ Gratuities And Entitlements

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Bolajoko, the widow of Oladapo Joseph, who died as a senior officer in the Nigerian Army nine years ago, continues to suffer for being neglected.

Joseph, who worked as a teacher for eight years in 1983 wed Bolajoko in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State. before joining the military in 1991.

Bolajoko, while recounting her ordeal about her late husband stated that she had two children for him before he was persuaded to join the army since the money he was making from his teaching profession wasn’ t enough to take care of the family.

Following the horrific experiences of battle, her husband returned to Nigeria two years later with heart problems, the widow told the news correspondent.

She said, ” They thought he wouldn’ t survive because of the illness, but he did. Later, he was assigned to the 9 Brigade’ s Ikeja cantonment in Lagos. I was bringing water to different quarters at the barracks to support my husband who was already battling sickness as his health continued to deteriorate, ” Bolajoko claimed.

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Following a bomb blast at Ikeja cantonment on January 27, 2002, which killed over 1000 people, the soldier’ s condition worse.

While Joseph and his family survived the bomb, he became ill again and was diagnosed with heart enlargement at the hospital. After that, when they relocate to Ojo Barracks, he was put on the proper medication.

” My husband battled this illness until August 2, 2012, when he fell and died at work. ” ” He was buried in Lagos cemetery by the military, ” the deceased’ s widow added.

Her husband died as a corporal at the age of 42, she told a news correspondent. As the next of kin, Bolajoko was encouraged by Nigerian Army authorities to begin processing her husband’ s gratuity soon after the funeral.

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She was able to process the gravity in a year, but she has yet to obtain any entitlement for nine years. Three months after her husband’ s death, her husband’ s salary was terminated, and Bolajoko and her children have been living in terrible conditions in the barracks since then.

Jungle Of Guidelines

According to the guidelines for the administration of military pensions for members of Nigeria’ s armed services, death benefits shall be provided to military personnel’ s next of kin (NOKs) who die while on active duty.

A death certificate, a letter of introduction from their NOKs, a condolence letter from their last unit, an affidavit deposed to by the NOKs authenticating them as NOKs, the deceased personnel’ s ID card, passport photographs, and any other form of identification are expected to be sent to the military pension board at Dutse- Alhaji, Abuja, by their respective offices.

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These documents are used to handle the death benefits of deceased workers, which will be paid to the person after a NOK Committee is in charge of inviting and conducting interviews with NOKs to verify their authenticity and ensure the accuracy of their documentation.

When the committee is satisfied, the NOKs and their files are usually sent to the computer division for biometric data collection in preparation for processing the final payments.

According to the rule, the Military Pensioners Board pays death payments in batches as they are processed, depending on the finances available.

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