Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has vowed to drag the Public Complaints Commissioner in Benue State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav to court for refusing to retract a libelous statement against him.
Tsav had insisted that he will not swallow his alleged damaging comments about Ortom as requested by the Tiv Traditional Council.
Reacting, however, the state government said since the retired Police Commissioner had opted not to honor his word, he should be ready to prove his baseless, unfounded, false and fabricated lies in the court of law.
A statement by Tahav Agerzua, Special Adviser, Media and ICT to the governor, said since Tsav does not want the peace path, the state government was left with no choice than to serve him what he deserved.
He said, “We read a statement credited to the Public Complaints Commissioner in Benue State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, in the media today that he would neither retract the libelous and injurious letter which he wrote against the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, and his entire administration, nor tender an apology.
“It would be recalled that at two meetings held at Alhaji Tsav’s instance on 2nd July, 20I7, he made gave an undertaking that he would meet the two conditions demanded by the Governor as prerequisite for the withdrawal of the criminal case instituted against him.
‘Since the retired Police Commissioner has opted not to honor his word, the Benue State Government shall put him to strict proof of his baseless, unfounded, false and fabricated lies in the court of law as stated in our reply to him dated 17th July, 20I7.
“What the Governor was expecting was a retraction of the recent letter and petitions he wrote against him and a public apology. However, the letter he wrote on 11th July, 2017 fell far short of a retraction and an apology.
“The Governor wonders how the letter which he wrote and based on blatant lies and falsehood could be attributed to the responsibility to ensure ” peace, orderliness, progress and development of Benue State and its leadership” as stated in his letter.”
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