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Published On: Wed, Nov 8th, 2017

DHQ denies nonpayment allegation to peace keepers

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has debunked allegation that some members involved in United Nations (UN) peace keeping mission in Liberia were not paid their entitlements.
The DHQ in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the Director Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, said “on recieving original copy of the anonymous petition on non-payment of risk premium allowance in July 2017, a high level investigation commenced immediately.
“The investigative body got documents from United Nations office in New York, Defence Adviser in New York, Defence and Nigerian Army Headquarters finance offices and Diamond Bank plc. Through logical and confirmatory investigation, it was found that:
“The United Nations approved 6 months risk premium allowance for NIBATTS 34 and 35 and not 9 months as claimed in the anonymous petition.
“ The allowance approved per month range between US $132.90 and $132.99 per month depending on the approved rate per day.
“The accrueable amount paid by the UN for the 6 months in 2 instalments was US$787.98. However, US $ 789.10 was paid to each personnel in 2 instalments. Each personnel collected US $ 400 before departing the mission area and US $ 389.10 paid into their domiciliary accounts with Diamond Bank”.
He added that “in view of the de-inducted NIBATTS 34 and 35 personnel, members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the general public are hereby assured that the approved allowance by UN was duly remitted to the beneficiaries. Thus, all negative assertions in the anonymous petition should be disregarded.”

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