BHT: MPB to Conduct Verification for Displaced Pensioners in Adamawa, North East.
The Military Pensions Board (MPB) said on Friday that it would conduct a special verification to capture military retirees displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states among others.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by Lt. Commander Samuel Odunsi, the Coordinator of the special verification noting that the exercise would hold on May 5, at Gibson Jalo Cantonment in Jimeta-Yola, at 9 a.m.
Odunsi assured that the board has concluded all arrangements to conduct a hitch-free verification in the state on the scheduled date.
According to a statement from the MPB, “The coordinator said the exercise was designed for pensioners in Adamawa and neighbouring states who were not captured in 2015 as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Odunsi urged all military pensioners in affected areas to take advantage of the new window and be integrated into the board’s new computerized database for prompt payment of the pension.
It would be recalled that the MPB last conducted nationwide payroll verification for ex-soldiers in 2015 as part of measures to enhance its operations and checkmate sharp practices.
INSURGENCY: TROOPS KILL 4 TERRORISTS’, DISCOVER BOKO HARAM DUMPING PITS
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said on Friday night that its troops prosecuting the war to rid the North East of terrorists’ have discovered a huge pit where Boko Haram terrorists killed and dumped the bodies of scires of innocent citizens in Borno state.
A statement giving details of the discovery and signed by Col Sani Usman said, “Troops have intensified efforts to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in various parts of the north east through various military operations on daily basis.
“It is in line with this that troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B attached to 22 Brigade embarked on combination of foot and mobile fighting patrols on daily basis to deny the Boko Haram terrorists freedom of action in their area of operations.
“On Thursday, 28th April 2016, they embarked on such efforts in the general area of Bogoro, Duguno 1, Duguno 2 and 3. However, on reaching Mbaraka, they encountered some elements of the Boko Haram terrorists who engaged the patrol team in a gun battle.
“The troops rose to the occasion and successfully cleared the terrorists and proceeded to Jadda village which was suspected to be strong hold of the Boko Haram terrorists.
“As rightly believed, a large number of them were discovered to have the terrorists group’s flags hoisted in their domains.
“The troops engaged the Boko Haram terrorists and killed 4 of them. The patrol team also made another startling discovery, a big pit where the Boko Haram terrorists used for dumping bodies of hapless victims of their nefarious activities to decompose.
“It was also discovered that the terrorists held lots of people as hostage in Jadda.
“The fighting patrol team also succeeded in freeing those held hostage and recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number OF-4814, 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 Dane Guns, 1 motorcycle, 2 Solar panels and food storage facility. Other items include120 litres of AGO and packs of Panadol.
“Sadly, one of our soldiers suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for further medical treatment. We are glad to state that he is in stable condition and responding to treatment.”