I stand by letter of corruption against Ortom — Tsav

Posted by News Express | 3 August 2017 | 1,536 times

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•PCC Commissioner Abubakar Tsav

Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, Commissioner in charge of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) in Benue State, says he will not retract his alleged damaging comments about Governor Samuel Ortom as requested by the Tiv Traditional Council.

Tsav told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Makurdi that he stood by his letter where he urged the anti-graft and security agencies to investigate allegations of corruption against Ortom.

NAN recalls that Tsav, in the said letter, accused the Governor of “executive recklessness” and privatisation of the state.

The 10-page letter dated May 16 and titled ” Whistleblowing: Stagnation of Benue State” was addressed to Governor Ortom.

Tsav also made copies of the letter available to the NAN in Makurdi and all the anti-graft agencies in the country.

He accused Ortom of “corruptive nepotism and executive recklessness”, alleging that the Governor had placed his family business, Oracle Business Limited above the state, claiming that the action represented a conflict of interest.

However, the leadership of the PCC in the country and Tiv traditional council had waded into the matter and tried to reconcile Tsav and Ortom.

The reconciliation meeting advised Tsav to publicly apologize to the Governor and retrieve all the petitions against him and any member of his cabinet within two weeks.

But Tsav told NAN that he would not heed the advice, saying ” I stand by what I wrote. They should take me to court, jail me, it is one of the price of activistism.

“I cannot at my age write a letter to say that what I wrote were lies. How would the members of the public take this, that I lied?

“I stand by what I wrote. They should take me to court or jail me. I am doing this for my people, not for myself.

“It will be a shame for me to come and impinge on my integrity at this age. I will not do that; if they want they should hang me,” he said.

Tsav admitted that he had immense respect for the Tor Tiv and would do “whatever the Tor Tiv wants me to do, but I will not mortgage my integrity.”

NAN reports that the Governor had on June 19 sued Tsav at a Magistrate's Court for alleged incitement.

Mr Michael Gusa, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, in an application for criminal prosecution, alleged that Tsav wrote “an injurious and false letter against the Governor and the government of Benue”.

Gusa, in his application said that the letter contravened Section 143 (d), (c) and (e) of the Criminal Procedure Code Law of Benue State, 2004. (NAN)


Source: News Express

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