Former Lagos State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has been dragged before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly writing an inciting letter against Gov. Samuel Ortom.
The petitioners, the Benue State Government and Gov. Ortom, through the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Michael Gusa, filed criminal charge against Tsav, who is currently a member of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) representing Benue.
Gusa alleged that Tsav wrote an injurious and false letter against the governor and government of Benue state, saying the letter contravened section 143 (d), (c) and (e) of the criminal procedure code law of Benue State, 2004.
Mr. Andrew Wombo, a state counsel, represented Gusa in court.
“On May 16, 2017 Tsav wrote a letter to the Governor of Benue State captioned ‘Whistle Blowing: Stagnation of Benue State’, copies of which were sent to the Presidency, anti-graft agencies and the media.
“The contents of the letter were published by some media houses; these contents are capable of inciting the public against the governor and the government,” NAN quoted Wombo as saying in court.
NAN reports that Wombo urged the court to prosecute the writer under Section 394 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue state, Cap. 124, Laws of Benue Stare, 2004
However, when the case came up for mention, counsel to the defendant, Mr Anthony Agadah, told the court that his client was sick and could not appear before it.
The Magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim, adjourned the case to July 3, 2017 for hearing on the motion, and ordered that Tsav must appear on the said date.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the letter had accused Ortom of corruptly enriching himself, family members and friends with state resources, instead of executing projects that would address people’s needs.