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Peacekeeping Soldiers raise concern over nonpayment of six months allowances

Some of the 200 soldiers who fought in the AU Peace Keeping operation in Guinea Bissau from December 2014 to December 2015 have raised concern over nonpayment of their six months allowance.

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Some of the affected soldiers who spoke to newsmen in Yola said the failure by military to pay the allowances is already  generating tension in the affected 158 task force battalion now deploy to Gubio in Borno, North Western Nigeria to combat Boko Haram.

‎One of the soldiers who spoke under anonymity lamented that their colleagues that went for peace keeping after them under UN had been paid their allowances.

"This development is affecting our morale. AU needs to intervene as affected soldiers are really worried." the soldier said.

He urged relevant authorities to investigate the matter if it was a case of monumental corruption still ongoing in the system.

"We fought in Guinea Bissau between 2014 and 2015; they promised to pay our allowances immediately we arrived in Nigeria but when we returned they sent us to Jaji for training and promised to pay us before the end of the training.”

"Soon after the training, we were posted to fight in Yobe and Borno and nobody is talking about our allowances any more", the soldiers said.

Effort to get army spokesman, Col Usman Kuka Sheka to comment on the issue did not yield result. He could not reply text sent to him as at the time of filling this report.

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