BY ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA — FOLLOWING the unraveling of the celebrated gang-rape case which allegedly took place at the Abia State University, ABSU, the state government has warned that it would no longer watch rumour mongers deliberately tarnish its image.
The government warned that henceforth it would take legal action against any person or group dragging its the name or those of its institutions into baseless rumours aimed at tarnishing its image.
Reacting to the revelation by the Police in Rivers State that the gang rape actually took place at Obite in Etche local government area of Rivers State, Chief of Staff to the state governor, Mr. Cosmos Ndukwe, warned that the state had had enough of the embarrassment.
He said the state government would no longer take kindly to politically-motivated bad press directed against it.
“Henceforth, the state government would undertake extreme legal actions against any person or group of persons who trade in spreading dangerous rumour against it,” Ndukwe said at a media briefing.
According to him, those who linked the incident to Abia State University were hasty and to say the least, made with so much bad blood.
He said they already formed their opinion without any investigation, noting that they also refused to listen to Abia State Police Command which preliminary investigations showed that the incident did not happen in the state.
Ndukwe said: “This vindication coming two years after, is thought-provoking as it is utterly gratifying.”