- A former commissioner of police, Abubakar Tsav, says Governor Samuel Ortom is after him because he instigated an EFCC probe against the Benue state govt
- Tsav insisted that nothing would come out of the criminal case opened against him, stressing that he would not be deterred by the case
- According to Tsav, evil men cannot destroy this country
Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, a former Lagos state commissioner of police, disclosed that he was the person who instigated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s probe of the Benue state government.
In an interview with Punch on Monday, August 27, Tsav, who described himself as a whistle blower, explained that he wrote a petition in 2016, which contained allegations of fraud levelled against the state government by some pensioners in the state.
NAIJ.com gathers that he said the EFCC was acting on that petition; and that he had already honoured an invitation from the anti-graft agency to shed light on the petition.
Tsav, however, stated that he had received information that following his visit to the EFCC office, the Benue state government had decided to reopen an old criminal case against him.
He said: “It was the case of fraud which was reported to me by pensioners and the case involved a lot of money and I forwarded it straight to the EFCC on the 12th of June, 2016.
"On 20 July 2018, they invited me to the EFCC (office) based on this petition I wrote. I made a statement, I also responded to a press interview granted by Waku.”
Tsav insisted that nothing would come out of the criminal case opened against him; stressing that he would not be deterred by the case.
He said: “I will go to court to clear myself there. Initially, they insisted that I should write to apologise and under duress, I did it. And now, they have reviewed the case and I am not afraid. The case should go on. I will never apologise to Ortom again.
“I think, maybe, they want me to withdraw the complaint I made to the EFCC but I will not. I am an anti-corruption crusader. Evil men cannot destroy this country. You can take me anywhere. This is the hazard of activism.”
The chief press secretary to the Benue state governor, Terver Akase, however, stated that the case filed against Tsav by the Benue state attorney general could be reopened, seeing as it is a criminal case.
He said: “In this case, Abubakar Tsav publicly apologised that he would never write or say anything against Governor Ortom again, but he has not stopped it; he is still writing falsehood against the governor.
“He has gone to the EFCC to testify against the governor. If anybody is talking about reviving a case, Abubakar Tsav has gone to the EFCC to revisit a petition he wrote against the governor; so, who is the guilty party here?”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had subjected state government officials to intense grilling, saying that the persecution was becoming “ridiculous”.
Ortom’s chief press secretary, Terver Akase, who raised the alarm, said no day passes without the commission adding one more angle to their harassment of Benue officials.
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