DAILY FILE – A second class Chief, Ter Nagi and chairman of the Gwer West local government area traditional council of Benue State, Chef Daniel Abomtse, has petitioned the Chief of Air Staff, Defence headquarters, Abuja demanding for a retraction of a malicious publication in the Punch Newspaper against him within seven days or face legal action.
The petition entitled “notice of false, defamatory and libelous publication against Chief Daniel Abomtse: demand for retraction, apology and other matters connected therewith” was written by his solicitors and signed by Samuel Irabor, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Makurdi Wednesday.
The petition alleged that on Monday March 4th, 2019 edition of The Punch newspaper, the Nigerian Air Force through it’s officer, Flying Officer Mohammed Abubakar, accused the monarch of harbouring cattle rustlers.
The petition further alleged that the said officer who is the Sub-sector Commander of “Operation Wirl Stroke” was reported at page 7 of said publication to have alluded to the fact that his men traced and found persons who purportedly engage in rustling of cattle belonging to Fulanis to the residence of Ter Nagi, Chief Abomtse.
“It was also the statement of the Sub-sector Commander of that 22 cattle were discovered at our client’s house though our client claimed they belonged to him”.
The petitioner is therefore, demanding among others, a letter of retraction/apology be published in respect of the false, defamatory and libelous statement against Chief Abomtse in the press release herein complained of and published in at lest 3 National dailies circulating within Benue State as well as a paid advertorial to the same effect on the prime beat of the Nigerian Television Authority, Radio Benue and Harvest FM.
The petitioner also demanded that NAF should also sign an undertaking not to indulge in any such false publication against Chief Abomtse in future and take a positive steps to guarantee his security ,family and property against possible reprisal occasioned by the unguarded utterance and pay N1 billion as damages to his client.
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