The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin says the Ministry of Defence is an oversight agency for the military and is not involved in its operations.

Olonisakin made the clarification in Abuja at a “policy brief dissemination on counter-terrorism legislation in Nigeria’’, which was organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Cleen Foundation, focused on key findings and recommendations from its survey findings.

He however, noted that the army, the navy and air force, all work for the defence headquarters.

Olonisakin said that the ministry of defence was the grand strategic level with authority to oversee the military. He, however, said that both arms of defence would work towards building a healthy relationship between civilians and the military.

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC Tony Ojukwu lauded the government for the introduction of the National Security Strategy, National Cyber Security Strategy and the Terrorism Prevention Act.