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Family of slain soldier petition army authorities over non-payment of death benefits

Family of slain soldier petition army authorities over non-payment of death benefits

The family of late private Garba Umar, a Nigerian soldier who was killed in active service while serving at a peace keeping mission in Sudan have petitioned the Nigeria Army authorities over the failure of the government to release his death benefit and entitlement to his family.

The late Umar was killed in October 2005 while serving under the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS)

In a petition addressed to the honorable minister of Defence titled, “Petition over the non-payment of the death benefits of late PTE Garba Umar 2001NA/1115 by Army authorities,” solicitor to the family, Ibrahim Bako said since the death of the soldier, all efforts by the family to get his death benefit has proved abortive.

In the petition which was also copied to the chief of defence staff and chief of army staff, the family decried that life has become difficult and unbearable since the death of the late soldier who was the bread winner to the family before his death.

The family averred that the failure of the government to pay the family the death benefit has compounded the woes of the family and wondered why the army authorities has remained silent in paying the benefit of a soldier who served his fatherland meritoriously and died in service

The petition reads in part: “Our petition is predicated upon the fact that we have earlier on written a letter titled: appeal for the release of death benefits/entitlement of late 2001/1115 PTE Garba Umar to the chief of army staff and dated the 25th of January, 2012 of which no response has been received so far.

“Our client’s late brother died in active service to his fatherland while on deployment to AMIS OP in Sudan on the 8th day of October, 2005. That, pursuant to this, our client contacted the army authorities but wer told to wait for the necessary documentations to be completed before his benefits will be paid." it said.