Allegation Of Refusal By Vice Admiral Gambo To Hand Over To Rear Admiral Ogalla Is False, Says Nigerian Navy

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Navy has dismissed allegation that the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, has refused to hand over to his successor, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.

The Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, in a statement, yesterday, said handing over in military follows a procedure.

Ayo-Vaughan dismissed publications by some online media that the ex.naval chief refused to hand over, as malicious 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, June 23 in line with age-long naval tradition,” he said.

The Navy spokesman also said that sister services were also due to hand over as they had set aside specific dates for their handing and taking over ceremonies.

He urged members of the public to discountenance the “malicious publication and erroneous information” which was the figment of the reporter’s imagination.

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Navy has dismissed allegation that the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, has refused to hand over to his successor, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.

The Director of Naval Information, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, in a statement, yesterday, said handing over in military follows a procedure.

Ayo-Vaughan dismissed publications by some online media that the ex.naval chief refused to hand over, as malicious 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, June 23 in line with age-long naval tradition,” he said.

The Navy spokesman also said that sister services were also due to hand over as they had set aside specific dates for their handing and taking over ceremonies.

He urged members of the public to discountenance the “malicious publication and erroneous information” which was the figment of the reporter’s imagination.

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