1. The attention of the Military Pensions Board (MPB) has been drawn to
a false allegation published on the Premium Times and HumanAngle
websites. The reports claimed that the widows of
91NA/32/4128 Corporal Oladejo Joseph and 04NA/55/1726 Lance Corporal
Sunday Orji are yet to be paid the death benefits of their deceased
husbands several years after the demise of their benefactors. The Board
wishes to state clearly that these claims are totally false and should
be disregarded by well-meaning Nigerians.

2. This is because preliminary investigation carried out by the Military
Pensions Board on the said allegation revealed that the death benefits
of these two soldiers were paid to their recorded Next of Kins (NOKs) in
December 2013 and November 2018 respectively. For the purpose of
emphasis, the death benefits of 91NA/32/4128 Corporal Oladejo Joseph was
paid to the First Bank account of one Precious Joseph Ayomide who
happens to be the daughter and recorded NOK of the deceased soldier in
the Board’s database, while the death benefits of 04NA/55/1726 Lance
Corporal Sunday Orji was also paid to the Guarantee Trust Bank account
of Mrs Emilla Orji Sunday who is the wife and the recorded NOK of the
deceased soldier. The account numbers and the amounts paid to these NOKs
are not stated here in other to respect the confidentiality of such
details but would be released if need be. In view of the foregoing, the
Military Pensions Board hereby request the publishers of this false
story to immediately publish a rejoinder to set the records straight and
to allay any fears this publication would have caused personnel of the
Armed Forces of Nigeria in particular, there NOks and Nigerians in
general.

3. Having stated this, the Board wishes to encourage pensioners, NOKs,
well-meaning Nigerians and most importantly, members of the press to
always contact the Board through its call center
on 09087447782 or 09087994694 whenever in doubt about our processes
and procedures. Not minding this distraction, the Board remains resolute
and will continue to sustain the prompt payment of all entitlements due
to military retirees or their NOKs in a prompt and accountable manner.

Flight Lieutenant Olayinka Lawal
Public relations Officer
Military Pensions Board
19 November 2021