CCCRN denies involvement in Iniubong Umoren’s murder
…Demands retraction, apology from reporter
Center for Clinical Care and Clinical Research (CCCRN) has described as “untrue, wicked and unfounded”, media report alleging its involvement in the case of Iniubong Umoren, the recently murdered 26 year old job seeker in Akwa Ibom State.
Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday in Uyo, the organization decried that the report has caused them “immeasurable pain and embarrassment.”
The organization through its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ayodotun Olutola, also denied claims that one Kufre Effiong met with the prime suspect, Uduak David Frank, at the Uyo office of the organization: “We wish to state very clearly that Mr. Effiong is not a staff of CCCRN, neither was he ever in our office premises. We have CCTV recordings and up to date visitors register in our Uyo office to buttress this.”
Neither the CCTV footage nor visitors’ register was made available to newsmen for perusal.
The organization said contrary to the reporter’s claim that CCCRN is a ghost NGO, it has been in existence since 2010, revealing that it partners the Akwa Ibom State Government and other NGOs in providing health, protection, education, nutrition and household economic strengthening services to more than 100,000 orphans and vulnerable children and their households.
“CCCRN has a functional website www.cccr-nigeria.org containing its track record, physical addresses, email addresses and contact persons from its seven offices in Nigeria. We also have a email to which the reporter could have sent an enquiry email [email protected] It is obvious that the ‘investigative reporter’ conveniently ignored these opportunities to validate who we are and mischievously labeled a charitable organization with over 250 professional staff a ghost NGO,” they added.
The organization maintained that it is “a responsible nonprofit organization and has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Effiong, organ trafficking, harvesting or the death of Iniubong Umoren, either directly or indirectly.”
“We demand a retraction and apology by NewsWireNG and Mr. David Hundeyin immediately”, CCCRN announced.