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Federal government react to calls for probe of former Service Chiefs

The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has spoken against Nigerians calling for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe the Ex-service chiefs, by describing them as unpatriotic.

He made this known at the early hours on Tuesday during a program aired on Radio Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari, was reported last Wednesday to have appointed four new service chiefs after persistent clamour from Nigerians to bring in fresh hands to take charge of the country’s anti-terrorism war.

A few Nigerians and members of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the probe of the Olonisakin, Buratai, Ibas and Abubakar to unearth circumstances behind the decline in security concerns during their tenure.


Reacting to the probe calls on Tuesday, Lai Mohammed said: “Those who are calling for the ex-service chiefs to be invited to ICC are unpatriotic people.”

He added, saying “To the best of my knowledge, our Service Chiefs obey the rules of engagement and where there are infractions, there are internal regulations and internal mechanisms to address them.”

He then question the competence of those who talk about the structure, and what they know about the structure of the military? “I don’t think any of us is competent to talk about the structure of the military,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, he reminded Nigerians of the previous security havoc experienced in the country before his administration took over in 2015, he concluded with assurance to Nigerians on the preparedness of the new service chiefs in ensuring that the nation overcomes the war against insurgency in Nigeria, and most especially the North-Eastern part of the country.

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