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December 5, 2023

Plateau State Governor Mutfwang debunks false Allegation Against Justice Dongban

From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos

Plateau State Governor Caleb has strongly disassociated himself and his administration from a baseless allegation circulating in the Social media against the Personality of the President Court of Appeal Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem.

Mutfwang, in a statement signed and issued on Wednesday by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Gyang Bere, denied neither he nor any authorized representative has issued statements regarding the recent Appeal Court judgment, adding that the PDP has not engaged any Civil Society Organization to comment on the judgement.

“The attention of the Plateau State Governor, Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang has been drawn to a baseless statement purported to have been issued by an unidentified group, suspected to be aligned with the opposition in the State, masquerading as a Civil Society Organization.

In the write-up captioned, “Plateau PDP Election Appeal Tribunal Judgement, Civil Society Organisation Calls for the Arrest of Court of Appeal President. Justice Monica Dongbam over N2.8 billion Naira Bribe from Rotimi Amaechi, Yari, El-Rufai, Lalong and House of Representatives Member. this group, recklessly calls for the arrest of the President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem. Their claims hinge on the judgment of the Appeal Court that nullified two PDP National Assembly seats from Plateau.

“The spurious allegations against Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, accusing the Governor of supporting President Bola Tinubu’s administration and former Governor Nyesome Wike, are not only mere fabrications but also an attempt to tarnish the Governor’s image and consistent with the antics of mischief makers who had issued fake Press Statements to create confusion and enmity between the Mutfwang Administration and the citizens of Plateau State in the first two months of his Administration.

“It is imperative to clarify that PDP at any level, particularly the Plateau State Chapter and Governor Mutfwang uphold the rule of law.

“As a renowned Lawyer with over three decades of practice, the Governor knows too well the workings of the Courts, upholds the industry of their Lordships will never contemplate or support the subversion of justice or malign the integrity, character and honour of the daughter of Plateau State and the President Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem.

He emphasized that neither he nor any authorized representative has made any statements in response to the Appeal Court’s judgment, and the PDP has not engaged any Civil Society Organization to comment on the matter.

The governor expressed concern over the false accusations, labelling them as mere fabrications intended to tarnish his image and create confusion among the people of Plateau State.

He reiterated his commitment to the principles of justice and integrity, particularly when it concerns the President of the Court of Appeal, who hails from Plateau State.

“In light of these developments, the governor called upon the Department of State Security (DSS) and other security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation and apprehend those responsible for the false allegations.

He reaffirmed his dedication to upholding the dignity of constituted authorities responsible for the administration of justice and leadership within the country and beyond.

Governor Mutfwang urged all relevant authorities and the public to dismiss the misleading article as the work of mischief-makers with an agenda to smear his reputation and that of the Plateau PDP.

He however said he is resolute in his commitment to serving the people of Plateau State and ensuring the rule of law prevails.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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