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Ex-Soldier evicted by Governor El-Rufai gets 3-bedroom flat



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Retired Warrant Officer of the Nigerian Army, Paul Ojo has been presented with a 3-bedroom flat by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Tukur Buratai on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Ojo, who is now 85 years was evicted from his house on the orders of Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai against Court injunction three weeks ago.

CAPITAL POST earlier reports that the Ex-Soldier who’s former residence was located at Kabala Costain Kaduna was thrown out with his wife and family on August 17.

Represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 of the Nigerian Army Kaduna, Maj.-Gen Usman Muhammad, said on Tuesday that he was moved by the unfortunate circumstances that led to Ojo’s eviction due to his advanced age.

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“I was emotionally touched by your plight and consequently directed that an alternative permanent accommodation be secured for you and your family.

“Pursuant to this, we were able to secure a more befitting house at No. 26 Yakowa Street Anguwan Galadima Kaduna.

“It is thus my pleasure to formally present this 3-bedroom house to you as a mark of goodwill and uncommon gesture.

According to Buratai, the Nigerian Army has always demonstrated its willingness to impact on personnel welfare and that of their families, stating that the gesture will encourage him to continue to uphold the positive tenets of the Nigerian Army as he live in peace and harmony with members of the civil society.

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“Once more congratulations and I wish you happy stay and enjoying your retirement in peace and tranquility,” Buratai said.

Responding, the retired Warrant Officer thanked the Army chief for coming to his aid, saying it was a demonstration that his services to the army and Nigeria were not in vain.

“I don’t know how to thank him, but Almighty God will give us peace to rule Nigeria well, peace that our soldiers will not be facing this type of thing.

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“Without notice or anything, I was ejected and I thank God the ejection has turned into a glory, thank you very much the Chief of Army Staff for what you have done to me.

“I was ejected from my two bedroom house, they scattered my things but today, the Chief of Army Staff has made it possible for me to live in the type of house I never hope I will be able to build,” Ojo said.

He prayed that Nigeria will overcome its security challenges so that all Nigerians will live in peace and tranquillity and the country will record economic growth and development.


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