*Photo: Dr Matawalle*
Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Muhammed Bello Matawalle has reacted to a recently published article alleging acts of corruption by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, promising that full investigation will be conducted.
This was contained in a statement by Henshaw Ogubike, Director,Information, Press & Public Relations, Ministry of Defence.
Ogubike said “The attention of the Ministry of Defence has been drawn to the recent article published by People’s Gazette which raises serious allegations against Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.
“Responding to the allegation, the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Muhammed Bello Matawalle MON said that the Administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR has zero tolerance for corruption in the public service.”
He quoted the Minister as saying that “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 harped on thorough investigation, saying that it was imperative to emphasize the need for a thorough and impartial investigation to ascertain the truth of these claims.
Speaking on the source of information, the Minister said: “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.”
“In the light of the allegations, we assure the public that the Ministry of Defence will collaborate fully with relevant authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matter. We remain committed to the principles of due process and fairness, ensuring that findings will be based on concrete evidence and legal standards.
“It is our collective responsibility to maintain the trust and confidence of the Nigerian people in the institutions that safeguard our nation’s security. We call for patience as the investigative process unfolds and trust that justice will be served in accordance with the rule of law.”