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How Nigerian Army Generals Pocketed $43M Meant For Peacekeepers

A powerful but anonymous petition written by concerned Nigerian soldiers who claim that the Nigerian Army owes its men and women who have served in various United Nations peacekeeping operations over $43 million has been obtained. The document also carpets the United Nations, which it alleges may have collaborated with cheating Nigerian army chiefs to divert the allowances of the peacekeepers into their own pockets. “It is on record and verifiable that over 3,950 troops who participated in Peace Support Operations in Liberia and Sudan between 2013 to 2014 are still been [owed] various months of allowances amounting to over U.S.$43.23Million which is equivalent to N6,919,168,000.00 to date,” the petition said. The petition warned that in view of the present security situation in the country, 3,950 soldiers being owed such a staggering amount could revolt “and this will not be good for our country.”
It also names the “principal actors” involved in the matter to be:
-Former Chief of Army Staff (Retired), Lieutenant General OA Ihejirika;
-Present Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General KTJ Minimah;
-Director of Army Finance and Administration (DAFA), Major General AI Muraina;
-Former Director of Army Training and Operations (AHQ DATOPS), Major General JO Nwaogbo; and
-Present Director of Army Training and Operations (AHQ DATOPS), Major General JAH Ewansiha.
“It is obvious that lies and deceits have become a tradition among Nigeria Army generals,” the petition says. “They always devise ways to sweep matters that [touch] them under the carpets with cover ups.”
If the only hope of mankind today the United Nations can collaborate with Nigeria to divert the money meant for payment of Nigerian soldiers who participated in Peace Keeping Operations in Liberia and Sudan, it will be right for one to say that the entire universe is doomed and heading towards destruction.
The United Nations is known for standard, transparency, justice, fair play and equality but, it is worrisome how this honorable body or few members in this body have targeted Nigeria and descended too low to collaborate with some born-cheat generals in the Nigerian Army to divert soldiers Operation Allowances into their private pockets.
It is on record and verifiable that over 3,950 troops who participated in Peace Support Operations in Liberia and Sudan between 2013 to 2014 are still been owned various months of allowances amounting to over $43.23m US Dollar which is equivalent to N6,919,168,000:00 Billion Nigerian Naira to date. The 800 soldiers from 223 Armour Battalion Zuru, Kebbi State, that served as Nigerian contingent NIBATT 40 at Nyala Super Camp in Sudan Darfur region between June to December 2013 are still being owned 2 months allowance while the 800 soldiers of 15 Field Engineering Regiment Ijebu Ode that served as NIBATT 33 at the Central Monrovia in Liberia between September 2013 to March 2014 are being owned their operation allowance for over 7 months of their return. The 800 soldiers from 322 Artillery Regiment in Benin City that served 10 months in Labado Sudan as NIBATT 41 returned to Nigeria in June 2014 only to meet 1 month operation allowance in their domiciliary account while the balance of 9 months disappear as their counterpart with no one to give account of it till date.
It was also gathered through an authentic sources that the domiciliary account of the 800 soldiers of 342 Artillery Regiment Obinze Imo State currently serving in Nyala Super Camp South Sudan as NIBATT 43 for 8 months now are red as no dime have been deposited into their account. This also applies to the 750 soldiers of 311 Artillery Regiment Kontangora, Niger State currently serving as NIBATT 34 in Liberia.
When on 11 February 2014, the Nigerian National dailies Punch newspaper published this issue, with a view to finding a solution to this ugly trend, the dubious Nigeria Army through its Public Relations Officer. Brig Gen Olajide Olaleye came up with their lies and deceitful propaganda that “it was not true that the Nigerian Army was owning soldiers arrears of operations allowances”, and to cover up their secret deals within 48 hours they paid in 4 months operation allowance into NIBATT 40 troops domiciliary account remaining 2 months which are yet to be paid till date after 8 months of their return from the operation area.
The questions that remain unanswered are:
1. Why is United Nations owing only Nigerian Peace Keepers after sacrificing their lives to bring peace to the troubled regions?
2. If the United Nations have paid the Nigerian military authorities or the Federal Government, where are the monies, who is with it?
3.Are the authorities concerned waiting for similar Akure incident to occur before they address the issue?
4. Is the Army Chief Lt Gen KTJ Minimah not aware that such monies are been owned to his troops by UN or is released by UN and hijacked by his generals leaving these soldiers who have painstakingly and diligently served this nation in foreign land to suffer endless hopes for their overdue allowances?
5. Why should the Army Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade in his response to the Punch publication of 11 February, 2014 deceive the soldiers and lie to the nation that “the money is not missing and that the authority is working round the clock to secure the funds from the appropriate quarters and relevant agencies sponsors of the mission”.
6. For over 8 months Army authorities have been working round the clock to secure money that we well know that United Nations MOU with troops contributing countries states that UN pays at the inception of each tenure.
7. If this is not one of the Nigerian Army general’s lies and deceits, let the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade tell us and Nigerians who are the appropriate quarters and relevant agencies sponsors of the mission that are hijacking these soldiers allowances as he claims?. Is it UN, the Presidency or COAS?.
8. If the UN is owing Nigeria for over 8 months now as claimed by our generals, where are they getting the $100 and $200 US Dollars respectively that they pay to each troops in Sudan and Liberia in operation area monthly as maintenance allowances?
Biafra Galaxy

National Conference Crisis deepens as Kutigi, 50 wise men fail to meet

THE crisis rocking the National Conference over derivation deepened yesterday following the abortion of the meeting of the Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi with the group of 50 wise men known as the Consensus Group, chairmen and deputies of the 20 standing committees.

Only 20 or about 22 per cent of the 90 delegates expected at the meeting showed up, forcing the leadership to turn the gathering into an informal one.
Consequently, a stormy session is expected on Monday when the plenary reconvenes, as southern delegates insist on their opposition to proposed allocation of five percent of federal revenue to rebuild insurgency-ravaged areas of the North because the move would increase violence in the country.


Troops uncover Boko Haram terrorists underground armoury

The Defence Headquarters is still counting the gains of the recent capture of Balmo Forest in Bauchi State from Boko Haram.

The military authorities said yesterday that  troops uncovered an underground armoury owned by the Islamic sect in the forest which  stretches from Bauchi to Jigawa and to the fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

Recovered from the armoury  were more than 80 General Purpose Machine Guns and  tubes of Rocket Propelled Grenades(RPGs).


Nigeria will not fall – Gowon; Demanding for good governance – Ezekwesili

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has said Nigeria has come to stay despite the various daunting challenges confronting the country.

Gowon said this yesterday, at the 17th Wole Soyinka Annual Lecture held at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The lecture, themed, “This house must not fall; Renegotiating Nigeria’s social contract after 100 years of nationhood”, was organized by the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) as part of events marking the Nobel Laureate’s 80th birthday.


Ritual killings everywhere inspite of civilization

Looking curiously as this reporter approached her make-shift restaurant around J4 , Aketegbo community in Seme Badagry area of Lagos two weeks ago, mama Rilwan as she is popularly called, stood up from her seat, apparently thinking the stranger had come to patronize her.’ ki lefe ra?(what do you want to buy ?)  she asked.

But when this writer disclosed her mission, the seeming expectation on her face dropped, giving way to a sad expression of a memory she never wishes to recall. She immediately beckoned on two teenagers later discovered to be her children to take over the stand while she went inside the shop, with this reporter following with caution.


17 Nigeria Lawyers Elevated To Rank of Senior Advocate

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF),


2 Policemen Arrested For Stealing N30 Million From Oba Akiolu’s Palace

Two policemen, Victor Ikudehin, 34, and Philip Hunsa, 34, have been arrested for allegedly stealing N30 million from the palace of the Oba of Lagos -  Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s palace.
The policemen who were deployed to provide security for the Oba of Lagos  were arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting at Igbosere on Wednesday.
The Police prosecutor, Superintendent of Police, SP Charles Odii, told the court that the duo committed the offense between March 2012 and March 28, 2014.
According to him, the incident took place at the Oba’s Palace in Iduganran at Lagos Island of the state and the money that was stolen belonged to His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.
According to the prosecutor, the offences are punishable under Section 409, 285 (7) and 408, of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2011.
Sections 285 prescribes three years imprisonment, for any offender, if found guilty.
The policemen pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Helen Omisore granted the defendants bail in the sum of N250,000 each with two responsible sureties each in like sum and  adjourned the matter till July 31.

Biafra Galaxy