Death in action: Reps task FG, security agencies on entitlements of deceased personnel

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The House of Representatives yesterday called on the Federal Government, the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies to pay all entitlements and benefits to the families of the deceased personnel who died in active duties against Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal groups in the country.

The resolution followed a motion on the floor of the House brought by Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma; calling on the armed forces and other security agencies to pay entitlements of service personnel who died while fighting the Boko Haram insurgents.

The lawmaker noted that these personnel of the armed forces and other security agencies have lost their lives in the fight to protect the territorial sovereignty of the nation and as such deserve the benefits of their services paid to the surviving families.

He said: “It is a standard practice for entitlements to be paid to the next of kin of any soldier who has died in the line of duty protecting the integrity of the nation”.

“The soldiers among whom was sargent Moses Osarenkhoe 04NA/55/11557 who, until his death was attached to the 55 signal command, Arakan Barracks, Apapa Lagos but was posted to the Armed Forces Special Force Battalion “OP Zaman Lafiya” Maiduguri, “he pointed out to the House.

Agbonayinma also bemoaned the fact that many months after the death of these soldiers, no payment of entitlements have been made to their families adding that their spouses and children are left in desperate situations without any form of livelihood. 

The lawmaker expressed worries that such delay in payment of entitlements of deceased military personnel might dampen the morale and willingness of the serving military personnel to show commitment and dedication to duties.

Contributing to the debate, Hon Nnena Ukejeh said: “These men and women should be protected, when they go and loose their lives what do we do for them”?

She insisted that paying benefits accrued to them was necessary; hoping that the House comes up with an institution to protect the country’s veterans. 

The motion was passed adopted by the House following a voice vote called for by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.  

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