Ortom: I’m open to EFCC, ICPC investigation over Tsav’s allegations

Ortom: I’m open to EFCC, ICPC investigation over Tsav’s allegations

Friday, August 4, 2017 9:01 am

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said he is ready to open himself to investigation over corrupt allegations leveled against him by former Police Commissioner, Abubakar Tsav.

Tsav, had in petition to the anti-corruption agencies accused the governor of nepotism, with claims that he has been awarding juicy contracts to members of his family since he assumed office in 2015.

However, the governor dragged the former Police Commissioner to court, alleging defamation of character as he claimed that there was no truth to the allegations.

Tsav was asked to apologise to the governor following the intervention of some top indigenes of the State while the governor was asked to withdraw the case from the court.

But earlier in the week, the former top cop insisted that he will not apologise to the governor.

While reacting to the development yesterday, Ortom told journalists that the former police commissioner is a confused man.

The governor said he will prove to the whole world that Tsav is a liar.

“The man (Tsav) needs to see a psychiatric doctor because this man apologized to me before the six commissioners and six of his commissioners from the Public Complaint Commission and the Tor Tiv and traditional council. He told us how we saw his intrigues (and that) he would take a pen and write falsehood against a governor without verifying the facts,”  Ortom told journalists at the presidential villa.

“I now said no, you cannot undress me in the public and come into the private to dress me, so must tender an apology publicly before that suit will be withdrawn and he agreed. The Tor Tiv gave him two weeks to do it (only) for him to come back and now launches an attack.

“I want EFCC and ICPC or anywhere that he has written those things to, to come and investigate whether those things are true. That is why I decided to go to court, since I am a law abiding governor. If not, people of such know what used to happen to them in the past. But I am a Christian: I am a law abiding person who believe in rule of law and due process.

“I instructed my attorney general and commissioner for justice to take him to court so that the whole world will know that he is a liar.”

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