From Everest Ezihe, Owerri
Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri has denied the recent report trending in the social Media that the Divisional Police Office in Nekede has been arresting and detaining innocent students with the aim of intimidating them into extortion.
Chief Evaristus Nwosu, the Institution’s Public Relations Officer made the refutal in a one page press statement titled- Refutal of Story on Police Unlawful Arrest and Incessant Brutality of Federal Polytechnic Nekede Students and made available to news men in Owerri.
Nwosu pointed out that the internet report with a caption “The evil happening in Owerri with the police” alluded to alleged incessant and indiscriminate police arrest of innocent students within the Nekede-Ihiagwa axis, brazen extortion of bail money and forcible seizure of arrested students property respectively. This he said is alleged to be perpetrated by the police in the guise of combating cultism.
According to him, “The publication additionally made a particular reference to an arrest, detention, extortion of bail money and dehumanization of the Institution’s new student by the Divisional Police Office, Nekede. This eventually led to the extortion of the new student registration fee of N25, 000, after two days of his incarceration in the police cell.
It was further written that good a number of students were equally detained in police cell at Nekede Divisional Police as well as the State Criminal Investigation Division (S.C.I.D) in the Police headquarters and some were allegedly detained for months” he stated.
The Institution’s Chief Image Maker disclosed that the Polytechnic Management on becoming aware of the internet story waded and quickly conducted a discrete investigation and unraveled the story to be false.
He enjoined members of the public to disregard the aforesaid internet story in its entirety as one of those internet jokes by faceless mischief makers.