The Nigerian Navy has denied the allegation making the rounds on the Social Media alleging that the outgoing Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral AZ Gambo CFR refuses to hand over to the incoming Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral EI Ogalla.
In a statement released by the naval headquarters and made available to Secured News, Naval headquarters described the publication as malicious and misleading.
Thev statement reads in parts,
“The attention of the Naval Headquarters has been drawn to a malicious publication by some online media such as Peoples Gazette, opr.news, hallmarknews and others alleging. The media reports are totally lies, misleading and capable of spreading falsehood to unsuspecting members of the public. It is therefore necessary to put the record straight. Suffice to state that handing and taking over ceremony in the Nigerian Navy from inception is procedural. Upon the announcement of the change of the ‘Watch on deck’, the outgoing CNS is expected to give detailed brief to the incoming CNS, tour key naval facilities and perform the ceremonial lowering of ensign. Accordingly, the programme of events leading to the formal handing and taking over ceremony has kicked off to culminate at a public ceremony on Friday 23 June 2023 in line with age-long naval tradition.”
The statement further clarified that other sister services are also following the same procedure, saying, “Instructively, it is pertinent to mention that sister Services are also due to hand over as they have set aside specific dates for their handing and taking over ceremonies.”
The statement requested members of the public to discountenance the malicious publication and erroneous information as a figment of the reporter’s imagination.