Military Pensions Board arrests 10 fake pensioners

Dabo said the suspects were arrested at the venue of the exercise held in Yola, Adamawa, recently, with documents of some deceased military pensioners.

Nigerian Army troops.

The Military Pensions Board (MPB) said 10 fake military pensioners had been arrested during the recently conducted verification exercise for retirees displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

Chairman of the board, AVM Muhammad Dabo, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said the suspects had been handed over to the relevant authorities for further investigation and prosecution.

"We got information from various retirees that they were not able to attend the last verification exercise due to the situation as at that time.

"Some of them relocated to Cameroon and other neighboring countries like Niger.

"We have been able to verify those that are genuine among them but we also discovered some are fake.

"Some of them are children of deceased retirees who came with the documents of dead pensioners and wanted to be enrolled as actual retirees, which is not possible.

"We also discovered that some of them wanted to use the opportunity to circumvent the process so that they can be enrolled illegally but it was blocked and we arrested about 10 of them,’’ he said.

On the gains of the verification conducted in October 2015, AVM Dabo said it was one of the major achievements of the present administration in the pensions sub-sector.

He said the board had been able to update its data bank and had ascertained the exact number of military pensioners who were alive.

The chairman said money amounting to several billions of naira had been saved as many dead pensioners, whose names were hitherto on the board’s payroll, were dropped.

Dabo said the board had written to the Ministry of Budget and Planning on the development as regards its allocations in the 2016 budget.

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