Did President Buhari Sack Security Chiefs?

Verdict: False

CLAIM:

On Friday, May 29, 2020, Daily Mail Online published a report claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari had fired Nigeria’s security chiefs over some financial sleaze. 

According to the report, the President decided to remove the service chiefs following a financial misappropriation allegation made against them.

Also, the report claimed the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, had covered financial allegations against the service chiefs.

Another website, the Will, in its publication, said President Buhari approved the removal of the Service Chiefs after cases of corruption against them came to limelight weeks after the death of the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

According to the Will, Kyari had always prevented such “mind-boggling corruptions from getting to the President.”

FACT:

An investigation done by fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) shows that the reports emanated from rumours shared by some quarters of the public.

Also, CDD found out that the President did not make any pronouncement on the removal of the service chiefs who have been serving in that capacity since 2015.

A check by CDD showed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Saturday, May 30, 2020, was in Maiduguri, Borno State, where he inspected the manufacturing and repairs of combat vehicles by Army Engineers.

Also, on Monday, June 1, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, reacting to the abuse and killing of Miss Vera Uwaila, assured Nigerians that the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

The IGP in a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the IGP also deployed additional investigation aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command.

Mba said that the action aims to expedite efforts in the ongoing investigations of the killing of Miss Uwaila.

CONCLUSION:

President Muhammadu Buhari has not removed the service chiefs as widely reported by the blogs.

CDD urges people to disregard such rumours as this was all work of people that want to spoil the name of the army, and people should watch out and verify what they share.