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Ex-Biafran Police Officers send SOS to Onovo

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA— EX-Biafran police officers have sent a Save-Our-Soul (SOS) letter to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, calling for his intervention towards the completion of the conditions of the amnesty granted to war affected Nigeria police officers from the South East and South-South zones by the Federal Government in May, 2000.

The SOS was also copied to the chairman of the Police Service Commission.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had on May, 29, 2000 granted the amnesty  to the hitherto dismissed Nigerian police officers, who served in the defunct Biafra, whether dead or alive, thereby abrogating the Decree which dismissed such cadre of officers.

Apart from taking effect from May 29, 2000, the condition of the amnesty also provided that the retirement benefits should be calculated on the basis of the post held at dismissal, which was converted to retirement, provided the affected officers were eligible for retirement as at that date.

Accordingly, there was a presidential directive to the Ministers of Police Affairs and Defence to make budgetary provisions in the 2002 budget to meet the ensuing expenditure that would arise from the exercise.

However, chairman of the Association of Retired War Affected Police Officers (ARWAPO), Chief Charles Machie, a retired Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) in a memo to the IG,  regretted that though the directive was given in 2001, partial implementation began six years later and had not been completed till date.


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