Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has said former Lagos State Police commissioner, Abubakar Tsav must prove corruption allegations he made against him in court.
Ortom said this while reacting to Tsav’s refusal to apologize over allegations he made against him in a letter written to the Presidency.
Tsav, who is the Public Complaints Commissioner in Benue, had, in a letter to the Presidency, anti-graft agencies and the Bill Gates Foundation, accused Ortom of corruption.
He claimed the governor was sharing State resources among friends, family members and party officials.
He urged the Presidency to investigate the governor.
The Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse had intervened and advised Tsav to retract the letter and tender a public apology to the governor within two weeks.
Tsav, however told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Makurdi that he would never apologize to Ortom.
“I stand by my letter to the Presidency. There is massive corruption in Benue that should be investigated. I have no regrets writing to alert the whole world to what is happening in Benue,” he told NAN.
While reacting, Ortom, through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, said on Thursday in Makurdi that he (Tsav) would have to prove the allegations in court.
“Since Tsav has refused to retract the allegations and tender a public apology as requested by the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, he will have to prove them in court.
“Since he has opted not to honour his word, the Benue State Government shall put him to judicial test; he must prove his baseless and fabricated lies in the court of law,” Agerzua said.
Agerzua rejected the claims by Tsav that Ortom initiated the reconciliation meeting where he was asked to retract the letter and apologize to the governor.
“It was Tsav that invited Mr Emanuel Ogbile, the Chief Public Affairs Commissioner, the Tor Tiv and first class chiefs to intervene on his behalf; he wanted them to prevail on the governor to withdraw the criminal case against him.
“The governor agreed to withdraw the case on the condition that Tsav will retract the letter and tender a public apology to him.
“It was Tsav that made the peace moves because the governor was already in court. It was Tsav that rushed to invite his boss to Makurdi, not the governor,” he said.
“For the man to say he will neither apologize nor retract the letter is surprising. The only option left for him is to prove the allegations in court, otherwise the law will take its course,” he added.