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UPDATE: Hotel Presidential Denies ECOWAS Diplomat Story, Releases Statement, Uses Pulse.ng Update to Back Up

The statement disclosed that the management of the upscale hotel have refuted any stories stating that Olubukun Koye, an ECOWAS Diplomat lodged at the hotel and was treated for Ebola Virus. Pulse reported accordingly.

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ECOWAS official, Olu-Ibukun Koye (pictured) fled to Port Harcourt after coming in contact with Patrick Sawyer and was secretly treated by Dr Iyke Enemuo who later died. play

ECOWAS official, Olu-Ibukun Koye (pictured) fled to Port Harcourt after coming in contact with Patrick Sawyer and was secretly treated by Dr Iyke Enemuo who later died.

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Hotel Presidential have released a statement denying reports that an ECOWAS Diplomat was treated for Ebola in their building last month. Pulse reported the same update to its readers already yesterday. Hotel Presidential used this update to back up its official statement in the national newspaper Vanguard.

Published on the front page of popular Nigerian newspaper Vanguard on Monday, September 1, 2014, the statement disclosed that the management of the upscale hotel have refuted any stories stating that Olubukun Koye, an ECOWAS Diplomat lodged at the hotel and was treated for Ebola Virus.

Pulse had earlier reported an alleged story from two sources clearly outlining the nature of the sources - and updated with official statement and news right away. Moments after the story was published, the hotel’s management and attorneys reached Pulse.ng to deny the news. The story was then updated to reflect Hotel Presidential’s denial and official statement.

The hotel’s management also explained that the River’s State Government has intervened in the matter – seeing that there had been growing concern in the city based on the Ebola case there. Pulse whole-heartedly supports all efforts by the state and government to do everything possible against Ebola - as it does by informing always earliest on all matters as well as promoting a message of prevention.

We are satisfied that Hotel Presidential has used Pulse.ng to showcase its updated story on Vanguard - based on the official news given by the hotel and state: Once again Pulse.ng was earliest and in touch with the people on-ground - and used official statements to update regularly - while not falling back on an earlier reported alleged story by sources.

However, Hotel Presidential's statement then reads that Pulse ‘apologized’ for reporting the story based on sources. This is untrue and may be misleading to readers: Pulse.ng never released an apology over the early report based on sources while in contact with the hotel’s management or attorneys.

Hotel Presidential continues to question the publication Pulse itself - which actually stands unquestioned and has worked with all parties involved. Pulse updated with an official statement the minute it was reached - showcasing its maximum level of integrity and collaboration with ALL sources.

As a respected publication which reports news first-hand - based on investigations, sources and confirmations, we have an obligation to report the news as it comes in to make sure Nigerians know from all sources available as quickly as possible - impartial, non-political and trusted. And to then update alleged stories by sources with official confirmations/updates on the facts.

We will continue to be this trusted source for Nigerians – taking into consideration the ethics of journalism and social responsibility - and are always open for sources to get in touch with us! We are and will remain committed to our sources at all cost.

Pulse is in touch with President Hotel to clarify the wording of its statement to highlight the positive nature of Pulse's reporting.

As stated before, Pulse is also continuously following the story and all sources. The Pulse readers will be first to know all developments.

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