Source: The Daily Trust
Some military pensioners in Lagos called for a periodic review of their pensions to reflect salary increases for serving officers.
The Federal High Court, Abuja will today deliver judgment in the case of non-payment of pension benefits to 2,140 retired soldiers who fought during the Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970.
The ex-soldiers are joining the Minister of Defence and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as co-defendants in the case which is before Justice Donatus Okorowo.
The plaintiffs, some of them now late, voluntarily retired from the service of the Nigerian Army in 1978 and alleged that they were not paid any pension benefit under the provisions of relevant Nigerian laws.
They had earlier taken their case to the Senate, the House of Representatives and other organizations.
The case was filed by way of originating motion by Femi Falana Chambers in March 2007.
The plaintiffs are asking for a declaration that each of them is entitled to payment of pension benefits and an order directing the defendants to pay to each of the 2,140 plaintiffs their benefits computed in accordance with the law.
By Adelanwa Bamgboye