November 29, (THEWILL) – 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.
The publisher of the newspaper had made a publication alleging that Prof. Etebu diverted N1.8 billion being staff salaries and welfare through profiteering from ghost workers on the payroll, and hurriedly covered the looting by conducting recruitment in November 2019, but backdated it to April 2019.
But in a retraction, which was made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Warmate said the publication was false.
The retraction read: “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 defraud 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 backedated to April 2019.
” I hereby state that the news article is false and hereby retract same and render unreserved apology to Prof. Ongoebi Maureen Orubide Etebu for all the inconveniences the publication has caused her, her career and family.”