Nigerian Navy Debunks False Reports of Chief of Naval Staff Refusing Handover

Nigerian Navy Debunks False Reports of Chief of Naval Staff Refusing Handover

…By Larry John for TDPel Media.

The Nigerian Navy authorities have categorically refuted rumors circulating in certain media outlets that Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, the outgoing Chief of Naval Staff, had refused to hand over his position to his successor, Admiral Ikechukwu Ogalla.

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These allegations have been declared as complete fabrications and falsehoods.

Director of Naval Information Clarifies Handover Procedures

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, issued a statement to clarify the situation and ensure accurate information is disseminated.

He explained that the handover process had followed standard practices within the Nigerian Navy.

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Procedural Handover Requirements

According to Commodore Ayo-Vaughan, the outgoing Chief of Naval Staff is traditionally expected to provide a detailed briefing to the incoming Chief, conduct a tour of key naval facilities, and perform the ceremonial lowering of the ensign.

These steps are an integral part of the handover process.

Malicious Publication and Erroneous Information

The Naval Allegation of Outgone CNS’s Refusal to Hand Over Headquarters has described the media reports as lies, misleading, and capable of spreading falsehoods to the public.

The Navy emphasizes the procedural nature of the handing and taking over ceremony in the Nigerian Navy, which has been followed since its inception.

Planned Handover Ceremony

The statement also highlights that the planned program of events for the formal handing and taking over ceremony has already commenced.

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It will culminate in a public ceremony on Friday, June 23, 2023, in line with long-standing naval traditions.

Handover Ceremonies in Sister Services

The Navy also points out that sister Services have their own designated dates for handover ceremonies, highlighting the systematic and organized nature of the process.

Public Advised to Disregard Misleading Publication

The public is advised to disregard the malicious publication and erroneous information, as it is deemed to be a figment of the reporter’s imagination.

The Navy seeks to ensure that accurate and reliable information reaches the public regarding the handover process.

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