Armed Men ‘Abduct’ Editor In Lagos


Mr. Segun Olatunji, FirstNews online news platform editor, was on Thursday abducted from his home in Lagos, the management of the news medium has Said.

Olatunji, a former Kaduna bureau chief of The Punch, was reportedly picked from his house in Iyana Odo, Abule Egba area of Lagos state by gunmen.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the management of the media platform linked the incident to a recent story published by FirstNews titled, “Revealed: “Defence Chief running office like family business – Public Interest Lawyers”.

It said the news article was also published by other online platforms.

The management also said the abduction might be because of another report titled, “EXCLUSIVE: How contractor, company stole N100bn, laundered funds for top govt officials – Investigation”, which it said was later pulled down.

The statement disclosed that his wife, Abiodun Olatunji, said the armed men numbering ten arrived at their residence a few minutes after 6:00 pm without disclosing where he was being taken to.

Said Abiodun Olatunji as quoted: “Some armed men dressed in military uniform totaling ten in number (two in uniform and the remaining 8 in mufti but all armed) arrived at our residence at Dauda Oriyomi street, Iyana Odo along Joke Ayo in Abule Egba area of Lagos State and took away my husband.

“They refused to state his offence and where they were taking him to despite all the efforts to make them do so”.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson, publisher of FirstNews, said there had been no trace of Olatunji, as his phone line had been switched off.

Iworiso-Markson added that no one had reached the family or the management of FirstNews to explain why he was abducted.

Said Iworiso-Markson: “The management of FirstNews is using this opportunity to call on the military high command and the security agencies to let us know his whereabout and the reason why he was arrested.

“FirstNews (online & print) is a reputable independent digital news network that prides itself on being a frontline media outfit committed to engaging her world-class audience with factual, authentic, and credible information.

“We conduct our journalism activities with strict observance of the high standards of ethics, accountability, professionalism and legality, while exercising our rights to freedom of expression and information, all in a bid to ensure credible reporting of the news behind the news in Politics, Business, Education, Sport, Health, Entertainment and many more.

“If there was any infraction that borders on national security, Olatunji should have first been formally invited rather than this gestapo style of arrest that reminds one of the dark days of the military era, where press freedom was stifled”.

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