The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, on Monday, denied that the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin and Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ete Ibas, have not been relieved of their appointments.
The DHQ, through its Director of Defence Information, DDI, Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar claimed that the reports on the retirement and replacement of these Service Chiefs, who are from the South, were baseless and unfounded.
He said that the Service Chiefs are still discharging their official responsibilities.
General Rabe said: “It is disturbing and embarrassing the cooked up stories going round in the social media.
“There is no iota of truth in the misleading information. We ask the public to ignore the report as baseless and unfounded,” he stated.
Some online media had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the retirement from service of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, and the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.
It was also alleged that the Minister of Defence, Brig.- Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), had since sent letters to the Service Chiefs, wherein they were directed to handover on or before Friday, December 16.