Deceased soldier’s family demands son’s 19 years allowances
Family members of the late Army Corporal, Moses James, who died in active service in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), on July 30, 2002 have called on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Farouk Yahaya to pay them their son’s allowances.
Their demand was first addressed to the late COAS, who died in a plane crash on May 21, 2021, Lt-General Ibrahim Attahiru.
After his death, the request was made to the new COAS for implementation.
The family members, who visited The Guardian office in Jos with their lawyer, Mr. Bade Aina, expressed pain over the death of the former COAS, who they said had already set in motion a favourable action to meet the demand.
They said: “ The late COAS gave us his assurances and esteemed regards, which he communicated to us in his letter dated March 18, 2021 as attached.
“In appreciation of his prompt action and assurances, we sent our letter of April 8, 2021, which we know by now, he would have responded to. But death distracted and delayed the process.
“We are consoled that government is a continuum and therefore, reposing confidence and trust in the ability and human empathy of the new COAS, General Yahaya, believing that he would be magnanimous enough to peruse our letters, annexures and promptly effect the 19-year old outstanding allowances of our deceased son, Cpl Moses James through his next of kin, Mr. Marcus Moses without further delay.”
The Guardian learnt that one Brigadier-General H.U Ande, who acknowledged receipt of the letter on behalf of COAS, said it was receiving attention, no further action has been taken despite several reminders.