Military recorded highest casualty figures combating insecurity, says defence minister
The military in the last two years have singularly or in joint operations with other agencies engaged different groups, from the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east, to militancy in the south-south and cattle rustlers among others, in a bid to maintain peace and security within the country.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali , disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while presenting life insurance benefit cheques to 383 families of soldiers who died fighting Boko Haram in the north east.
Dan-Ali stated that this huge loss of lives accounts for the high number of next of kins lined up to collect the benefits of their deceased breadwinners.
He said the insurance claims of the dead military personnel, was presented to their families in fulfillment of the objectives of the present administration to provide for the welfare of soldiers that die in active service.
“The life insurance claims paid over-the-counter years have grown tremendously as a result of heightened activities of the insurgents in the north east and continued militancy in the Niger Delta, especially during the 2015 to 2016 scheme period.”
He condoled the families of the deceased soldiers saying they have Nigeria’s “eternal gratitude, respect and prayers.” The permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Danjuma Sheni, said the insurance benefit covers a period between March 2015 and 2016 when 601 families of fully insured soldiers lost their lives in the line of duty were captured.
While suing for patience and understanding from the families of deceased soldiers, Sheni said the ministry would not relent in ensuring that the process remains transparent as “due process in the disbursement of funds” would be strictly adhered to.
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