Federal Govt explain why Abubakar, Buratai, others will not be probe

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Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has said there will be no need to probe immediate-past service chiefs, because “where there are infractions, there are internal regulations and internal mechanisms to address them.”

Lai Mohammed, further slammed those asking for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe the former service chiefs, saying such is “unpatriotic”.

Mohammed on Tuesday made this statement while speaking on a Radio Nigeria programme, Politics Nationwide.

Last week, Nigerian Leader, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed four new service chiefs.

They took over from the ex-service chiefs — Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff) and Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff).

But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some Nigerians have since demanded that Buratai, Olonisakin, Abubakar, and Ibas be probed, to unravel the circumstances behind the security lapses during their tenure.

However, Lai Mohammed said, “To the best of my knowledge, our service chiefs obey the rules of engagement.

“Where there are infractions, there are internal regulations and internal mechanisms to address them.

“Those who are calling for the ex-service chiefs to be invited to ICC are unpatriotic people.”

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