Ten months after he wrote a letter accusing Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom of massive corruption, former Police Commissioner in Lagos State, Mr Abubakar Tsav, yesterday apologised to the governor.
Tsav had, in a 10-page letter dated May 16, 2017, which was copied to anti-graft agencies, accused Ortom of “executive recklessness”, saying that he had turned Benue into a private estate.
The former police officer, who is currently a public complaints commissioner, accused Ortom of nepotism, saying that he had placed his family business – Oracle Business Ltd – above the state.
The Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, advised Tsav to publicly apologise to the governor and retrieve the petitions against him within two weeks. Tsav ignored the advice.
On August 3, 2017, Tsav told newsmen that he would not apologise, declaring that he was standing by his petitions.
But, in a dramatic twist yesterday, Tsav issued two letters of apology – one addressed to the Tor Tiv and the other to Ortom – in which he apologised for the “false whistle blowing letters”.
He claimed that the delay in issuing the apology was to enable him “study the situation”.
The apology to the governor was copied to the Presidency, EFCC, ICPC, DSS and the Chief Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission.
The letters, which had similar contents, stated that Tsav’s sudden decision to apologise was based on “recent information available to me which showed that my action was predicated on doubtful sources”.