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Newspaper publisher retracts defamatory publication against, ex-Maritime University VC

Yenagoa—The Publisher of Eagle Eye Newspaper, Daboikiabo Warmate has retracted a defamatory publication against Prof. Ongoebi Maureen Etebu, former Vice Chancellor, Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State.

It will be recalled that the publisher of Eagle Eye Newspaper made a publication alleging that Prof. Etebu diverted N1.8b meant for staff salaries and welfare through profiteering from ghost workers on the payroll.

He also alleged that she hurriedly covered the looting by conducting a recruitment in November 2019 and backdated to April 2019.

But in a retraction that was made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Warmate said the publication was false.

He explained that the decision to retract the publication is as a result of a pending case wherein Prof. Etebu sued him and three others in a Delta State court.

With this publication made by Warmate, Prof. Etebu has been exonerated on allegations of embezzlement and fraud.
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The retraction reads:

“On the 5th day of July 2020 I published a news article with the headline “Re: Prof. Maureen Etebu fingered in N1.8 billion fraud” in an online news platform known as Eagle Eyes, wherein I alleged that Prof. Ongoebi Maureen Orubide Etebu defrauded the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State to the tune of N1, 800, 000, 000.00 (One Billion, Eight Hundred Million Naira) which was meant for staff salaries and welfare through profiteering from ghost workers on the payroll, and covered the looting by hurriedly conducting a recruitment in November 2019 but back-dated to April 2019.

“I hereby state that the news article is false and hereby retract same and render an unreserved apology to Prof. Ongoebi Maureen Orubide Etebu for all the inconveniences the publication has caused her, her career and family.”

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