The Deputy Rector Administration, Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Dr. Anthonia Nwosu, has faulted a recent publication in the “Nations Newspaper “with the caption, 10 killed, scores injured in Imo cult war at FedPolyNek”, saying the reporter displayed a high degree of bias”, unprofessional approach and sadism during the write up, making the story incoherent and baseless.
Addressing journalists at the schools Council Chambers at Nekede, on Monday, Dr. Nwosu said none of the incidents reported on the Nation Newspaper took place within and school and wondered where the writer got the information.
She said that to the best of her knowledge and that of the institution, none of its students has been reported killed in any form of cult activity and that, there has been no police deployment into the campus.
The Don however appealed to the public to furnish them with any information, or indication of any incident of death in relation to students of the school.
In his contribution, the Registrar, Dr. Matthew I. Aligbe, said, its very unfortunate that such news should emanate from a reputable Newspaper such as Nation, adding that the worst the report did was to link the story to both Federal Polytechnic Nekede and Imo state Polytechnic Umuagwo and quoted of one “Martin Aligbe’” as the Rector.
He said it is disheartening to perceive that the reputation of the institution which took several years to build could be affected by the publication adding that it is important for media practitioners to always confirm their stories before going to press.
Lending his voice, the Deputy Rector (Academics), Barr. M. C. Chukwuma, said their is no iota of truth in the said publication as there has never been any sign of violence or insecurity observed within the campus in recent times. Also present was the schools Public Relations Officer, Nwosu B. E, and some senior staff members from the Public Relations Unit, who concurred with the rebuttal.