By Hannah Nathan, Warri
Dr. Bello Matawalle, the Minister of State for Defense, has pledged to look into the claims of corruption against Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the Chief of Naval Staff.
This is in line with a statement made by Mr Henshaw Ogubike, the ministry’s director of information, press, and public relations.
In response to the accusation made against the Naval Chief, Matawalle stated that corruption in the public sector would not be tolerated during President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
“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 levelled against Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla are serious,” he said.
The minister repeatedly emphasized the importance of conducting a comprehensive and unbiased investigation to determine the veracity of the allegations.
Regarding the information source, the minister stated, “We value the media’s contribution to promoting openness and keeping public leaders 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.”