So a few days ago, a local news tabloid reported that a building undergoing construction within the government house premises crumbled and killed one person. The Imo state government has come forward to refute the report. Here’s a copy of the press statement made available to IMO STATE BLOG
Our attention has been drawn to a media report claiming that one of the carpenters roofing the new governor’s lodge in Government House, Owerri fell off the roof of the building under construction and died instantly.
We want to simply deny that such incident never happened and we stand to be proved wrong. The reporters who wrote the story have a responsibility now that we have denied the report, to prove that they were right in their report or retract same without delay.
It is also important that we alert the reading public that some media practitioners in Imo state have allowed themselves to become blackmail tools in the hands of certain politicians in the state. Instead of writing to guide the politicians, the politicians now guide them on what to write.
The unfortunate trend in the state now is that some Journalists depend on politicians to get what to write as stories. They write whatever the politicians tell them to write without taking steps to verify whatever they are told to write just to blackmail Governor Rochas Okorocha and the government of the day. And the blackmail is always designed to puncture the enviable popularity of the governor among the citizenry.
As a matter of fact, nobody fell down from any building in Government House, Owerri and died. And it is even disturbing that some reporters have also become vehicles of falsehood and they look out for any slightest opportunity to market such falsehood. We want immediate retraction of the report because it was done in bad faith.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media