President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has directed authorities of the nation’s security forces to ensure that full compensation
is paid to the families of officers who lose their lives while on national assignment.
Speaking at the commissioning of the new office complex of the Military Pensions Board in Abuja, President Jonathan
said families of fallen heroes deserve to be paid the full entitlements due to them without any delay.
“I always feel pained whenever I hear that we have lost one police officer, or one army officer to some criminal activities.
This should not be, but sometimes they are inevitable situations. Whenever they occur, however, the dependants of such
officers should not suffer. They should be able to get what is due to them quickly and their welfare taken care of based on
existing laws,” the President said. President Jonathan restated his administration’s commitment to the welfare of retirees
especially those in the armed forces, and enjoined the leadership of the security agencies to “keep faith” with this
The President also expressed his displeasure at the distasteful sight of pensioners in long queues for their entitlements,
while calling on the leadership of the armed forces as well as various departments of government to introduce biometrics
technology in staff documentation in order to eliminate duplication issues.
While commending the management of the Military Pensions Board for the initiative of a befitting office premises for its
operations, President Jonathan urged Government departments and agencies currently in rented accommodation to
commence plans to build their own office complexes.
In this regard, the President also directed the Federal Capital Territory administration to make lands available to
government departments and agencies for this purpose.
In his remarks, Minister of Defence, Adetokunbo Kayode, expressed gratitude to the President for his continued support
to the armed forces, noting that the completion and commissioning of the new office complex is yet another demonstration
of the unflinching commitment of the Jonathan Administration to the welfare of the officers and men of the armed forces,
whether retired or serving.
Also speaking, chairman of the Military Pension Board, Brig-Gen BVT Kwaji, said the building of a new office complex
for the board was borne out of the need to provide excellent services to retirees, as its former rented accommodation in
Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, created a lot of service delivery problems.
Also,President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan today decorated his former aide-de-camp (ADC) and present Chief Personal Security
Officer, Mr. Moses Ambakina Jitoboh, with a new rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police, at a brief ceremony in the
State House, Abuja.
President Jonathan, assisted by Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, and Police Affairs Minister, Maina Waziri, during
the ceremony, congratulated ACP Jitoboh, saying he has displayed gallantry and competence over the years to merit
his new rank.
While wishing ACP Jitoboh success in his career, President Jonathan urged him not to relent in dedicated service to the nation,
noting that "promotion comes with more responsibility".
Born on June 1, 1970, ACP Jitoboh got enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force as a cadet ASP on June 25th, 1994 and was
confirmed exactly two years later as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in June 1996. He has served the Force in various
capacities as Officer Commanding, Nigeria Police Station, Ugbokolo, Benue State (June 1996- May 1999), aide-de-camp
and Chief Security Officer to former Bayelsa Governor, DSP Alamieyeseigha, Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Amassomma
Division in Bayelsa, and later Principal Security Officer to then Governor of Bayelsa State, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in 2006.
On May 29, 2007, Jitoboh was appointed ADC to the then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, and was also acting ADC
to President Jonathan when he assumed office as Commander-in-Chief of the Federation on May 6, 2010.
ACP Jitoboh holds a Masters degree in Geographic Information System and is married with four children.