Gunmen In military Uniform Abduct FirstNews Editor Segun Olatunji In Lagos


Gunmen suspected to be soldiers Friday abducted the editor of FirstNews, Segun Olatunji, at his home in the Iyana Odo, Abule Egba area of Lagos state.

According to his wife, the armed men numbering ten arrived at their residence a few minutes after 6pm and whisked her husband away without leaving any information behind.

She said her husband’s abductors reached for his phone and seized it immediately they arrived before bundling him into a van like a common criminal and zooming off.

While further narrating the incident, she said efforts to know his offence or where they were taking him were rebuffed by the stern-looking men.

“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 took him to despite all the efforts to make them do so,” she said.

Publisher of First News, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in a statement, confirmed the incident, saying there had been no trace of Olatunji.

He said his phone line had been switched off and that no one had reached the family or the management of FirstNews to disclose the reason behind his abduction.

While condemning the way and manner Olatunji was whisked away, Iworiso-Markson said he was never invited formally to answer any issue that bothered national security.

“The management of First News is using this opportunity to call on the military high command and the security agencies to let us know his whereabouts 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 bothers national security, Olatunji should have first been formally invited rather that this gestapo style of arrest that reminds of the dark days of the military era, where press freedom was stifled.”

There are indications that the military action may not be unconnected to a recent story published on FirstNews titled Revealed: “Defence Chief running office like family business – Public Interest Lawyer

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