Police detain three journalists investigating rot in federal college

Three journalists from national newspapers (Aniefiok Macauley of Daily Independent, Aniefiok Udonquak of Business Day and Patrick Odey of Daily Trust) were on Wednesday detained by the police for investigating the alleged rot said to be taking place at the Federal Science and Technical College, Aka Offot in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. The Principal of the school, Mrs. T. A. Nweke, who arrived her office at about 11 am, invited the journalists to her office and later phoned the police, alleging that she was being harassed by the newsmen. The three journalists had gone to seek response from Nweke on the alleged rot in the school and falling academic standard.While the journalists drew the attention of the principal to the 2011 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results of the school in which 39 out of 135 students passed at credit level in Biology and five out of 135 in Chemistry, thereby prompting mass withdrawal of students from the school, some people who claimed to be policemen in mufti with horsewhips from the ‘C’ Division of the State Police Command, stormed to the office to arrest the newsmen. The Leader of the team, who identified himself as Mr. Emmanuel and claimed to be the DCO, ordered that the journalists be taken to the police station for questioning for daring to interview the principal.


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