MilitaryNewsMinistry of Defence Appeals Protesting Military Veterans To Exercise Patience

ABUJA — The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Ibrahim Abubakar Kana has appealed to military veterans protesting unpaid Security Debarment Allowance for more time.

Kana, while addressing the former military officers on Tuesday in Abuja, debunked the allegation that the funds had been released, but payment was delayed by the ministry.

He assured the protesters that the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) was concerned about their plight, allayed their fear over fresh verification exercise before payment, stressing that the existing database of all veterans will be used.

“Being the Accounting Officer of the Ministry, I am urging you to give peace a chance and go home. We will get back to you as soon as possible”, he said.

In a remark, Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor commended Abubakar Kana for resolving the impasse and thanked the protesters for their peaceful conduct.

Biodun Albert, spokesperson of the veterans attributed the misinformation and insinuations to the communication gap between them and the authorities.

The retired personnel agreed to go back home and cleared the barricade they erected at the entrance of the Defence Headquarters (Ship House).

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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