Newsmen gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari may carry out a major shake-up in the top echelons of the military feelers reveal.
Current Service chiefs and other senior Army, Naval and Airforce officers might be relieved of their posts to pave way for fresh hands and fresh minds.
Findings showed that Buhari would replace the service chiefs with equally experienced officers.
Most likely, All save for one of the service cheifs would be relieved of their duties.
Sources said that there was anxiety in the military over the looming change of guard which is expected to affect all the services, including the Army, Navy, and the Air Force.
It was gathered that the military chiefs were acutely aware of the fate that might befall them, having reached the pinnacle of their career.
A source said that the President may be considering one of the service chiefs to ensure smooth transition between the present military chiefs and their successors.
But another source said this was not likely, noting that the only service chief that might be retained is the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, who was appointed a few months ago by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Newsmen gathered that Buhari would likely appoint his “loyalists” and those he had worked with into top positions.
It was also gathered that Buhari might have made up his mind to use policemen and soldiers as presidential security, while whittling down the influence and presence of the Department of State Services (DSS) at the Presidential Villa.
It was also learnt that Buhari indicated his preference for policemen and soldiers trained in body guard protection instead of the usual teams of DSS personnel used by his predecessor.
A source said that the President is unhappy with the agency over the “various negative security reports it wrote against him during his struggle to become the President, including the report on the recent certificate saga.”
Security sources said the rejection of 253 DSS operatives by Villa authorities last week was informed by the President’s directive that he did not want the agency’s personnel around him.
One of the sources said, “The President has yet to forgive the DSS for what he sees as its antagonism against him before the last general elections. So, the President has decided to keep the agency at arm’s length and for his security, he will be using policemen and soldiers.”
The source added that though a DSS operative would still occupy the post of the Chief Security Officer of the villa, “the CSO will be a mere figure-head because he would have no control over the security at the villa.”
Further findings showed that since Buhari was sworn in, information about his itinerary and schedules were no longer passed to the DSS as is the tradition under the former President.
Newsmen learnt that under the last administration, the CSO would always be informed about the President’s movement and daily itinerary, but this was said to have changed since Buhari assumed office. Presently, it was gathered, it is only the President’s Aide-de-Camp that knows Buhari’s daily schedule and the CSO had to rely on his contacts within the villa to know the President’s movement.
When contacted, the DSS Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, had told newsmen earlier in the week that she could not comment on the issue of posting of the service officers at the villa.
“I don’t have such information and I cannot comment on it,” she said.