Defence Ministry to investigate Allegations against Naval Chief

By Nokai Origin, Abuja

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Nigeria’s Ministry of Defence has reacted to the recent article that raises serious allegations against the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, as published by the People’s Gazette .

The Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Muhammed Bello Matawalle said the Administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has zero tolerance for corruption in the public service.

“Though these allegations might be mischievous, the Ministry of Defence is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and accountability within the Nigerian Armed Forces. The allegations leveled against Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla are serious.”

Matawalle, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, called for thorough investigation saying that it was imperative to emphasize the need for an impartial investigation to ascertain the truth of the claims.

“We respect the role of the media in fostering transparency and holding public figures accountable. At the same time, we urge responsible journalism that adheres to the principles of fairness, objectivity, and accuracy. Accusations of this nature can have far-reaching consequences on the reputation of individuals and institutions, and thus, it is crucial to avoid premature judgments.”

The Ministry therefore assured the public that it will collaborate fully with relevant authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matter as it remains committed to the principles of due process and fairness, promising to ensure that findings will be based on concrete evidence and legal standard.

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