Nasarawa Poly Rector Initiates Legal Action Against Journalist for Alleged Defamation, Seeks N100m Compensation

Dr. Justina Anjiode Kotso, the Rector of Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia, has taken legal action against Rabiu Omaku, the Nasarawa State Correspondent of Universal Reporters, over what she claims are false and damaging publications directed at her and the institution.

On September 18, 2023, Omaku published a report titled “Rector IMAPOLY (Formerly Nasarawa State Polytechnic) In The Eyes Of The Storm As Allowances Of SIWES Students Disappeared Into Thin Air,” in which he accused the Rector of misappropriating funds intended for graduates participating in the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) among other allegations.

Dr. Kotso, speaking to reporters in Lafia on Friday, expressed her concerns about the report’s impact on her reputation and integrity. Consequently, she sought legal counsel to address the matter.

A letter, delivered to Rabiu Omaku by M. I. Dikko Chambers and obtained by our correspondent, outlines the Rector’s demands. These include a compensation of N100 million and the removal of the allegedly defamatory report from the Universal Reporters website. Dr. Kotso also insists on a public retraction of the report within seven days of receiving the notice.

In the letter, Dr. Kotso’s legal team stated, “We are Counsel to Dr. Justina Anjiode Kotso, the Rector, Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic Lafia, Nasarawa State, formerly called Nasarawa State Polytechnic, hereinafter referred to as our client, and on whose firm instructions and on behalf, we write this final demand/retraction notice which we do hope shall receive the urgency it desires.

“Our client informed us and we have seen documentary evidence to the effect that on the 18th day of September, 2023, you published a defamatory article via Universal Reporters, an online news and media outlet website.

“We wish to state without mincing words that our client is an administrator and academia per excellence who has benefitted immensely from the education sector of the country.

“And she has no intention whatsoever of sabotaging the system which she has carved a niche for herself, and has gained for herself national and international recognitions.

“We demand that you immediately publish a retraction and apologize to our client on the website of Universal Reporters, and circulate same widely across social media platforms.

“We demand that you cause a publication of apology/retraction in at least, two national dailies and one local newspaper in Lafia, Nasarawa State without delay. We also demand that you pay the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) only to our client as compensation.

“Failure to meet our client’s simple demands within seven days, we shall have no option but to commence both criminal and civil actions against you in competent courts of law,” the letter read in part.

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