Senior Special Assistant to the Benue State Governor on Special Duties, Mr. Abraham Kwaghngu, has threatened to file a N100 million suit against retired Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav for alleged libellous publication against him.
In a letter written to Alhaji Tsav, counsel to Mr. Kwaghngu, S.E Irabor, demanded that to avoid the legal action, the former police officer should issue a retraction of the publication and also apologise.
The letter also demanded that he should publish the retraction and apology in at least three national dailies circulating within Benue State as well as a paid advertorial to the same effect on prime time belts of NTA, Radio Benue and Harvest FM Makurdi.
The letter requested Alhaji Tsav to sign an undertaking not to indulge in any further false publication against Mr. Kwaghngu.
It stated that the statements published in the August 31, 2015 edition of Nigerian Pilot Newspaper and other print and electronic media were not only false and offensive but also deeply injured Mr. Kwaghngu’s reputation by portraying him as involving in militia operations to kill Fulani herdsmen.
According to the letter, Alhaji Tsav had “falsely accused our client of engagement in ethnic cleansing and militia operation by conniving to kill Fulani men in Gbajimba, the headquarters of Guma Local Government Area.”
“Suffice to state that since the publication, our client has been inundated with series of phone calls and visits by concerned friends, associates, family members and citizens considering the very serious nature of the alleged offence,” the letter stated.
It described Alhaji Tsav’s comments against Mr. Kwaghngu as malicious, mischievous, disparaging, ill-motivated and unsubstantiated.