Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Salihu Magashi (Rtd) presenting bank draft to a next of kin, flanked by his mother and brother.

The Federal Government has issued out cheques worth N2, 597, 744, 287.00 to 804 Next of Kins of fallen heroes in the Nigerian military.

The Minister of Defense, major Gen. Salihu Magashi retired while presenting the bank draft to the beneficiaries and their caregivers urged them to make judicial use of the money to the best interest of the deceased children.

He said the Federal Government has fulfilled its promise of ensuring that the families of the personnel who lose their lives in the forefronts of defending the territorial integrity of the nation, will not be allowed to suffer untold hardship.

Magashi also enjoined caregivers of the deceased children to exhibit the fear of God in dispensing the fund given to them as anyone who squanders it unjustly will face the wrath of God, especially at the point of their death.

The 804 beneficiaries comprised of 644 beneficiaries from the Nigerian Army; 70 from Nigerian Navy while Nigerian Air Force had 90 beneficiaries.