Family of abducted Editor express concern over whereabouts

Family of abducted Editor express concern over whereabouts

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The wife and the children of the abducted editor of a Lagos-based online newspaper, FirstNews, Segun Olatunji, have expressed concern about his whereabouts.

Olatunji was abducted by a group of armed men suspected to be soldiers at his residence in Iyana Odo, Abule Egba, Lagos, on Saturday.

Olatunji’s wife recounted the harrowing experience, detailing how the armed men, numbering ten, arrived at their home shortly after 6 pm.

They confiscated Olatunji’s phone before swiftly abducting him, leaving behind a distraught family with no information regarding his destination or alleged offence.

The publisher of FirstNews, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, reiterated the shock and concern surrounding Olatunji’s disappearance.

Despite attempts to contact him, Olatunji’s phone remains switched off, and neither his family nor the management of FirstNews have received any communication regarding the reason for his abduction.

“In light of these events, FirstNews reiterates its commitment to journalistic integrity and ethical reporting. As a reputable independent digital news network, we uphold the highest standards of professionalism and accountability.

“Our dedication to factual, authentic, and credible reporting remains unwavering, even in the face of adversity.

We urge the military high command and security agencies to provide immediate clarity on Olatunji’s whereabouts and the circumstances surrounding his arrest.

“If there are concerns regarding national security, formal channels of communication should have been pursued rather than resorting to arbitrary and alarming methods reminiscent of repressive regimes.

It is worth noting that speculation has emerged linking Olatunji’s abduction to a recent FirstNews publication titled “Defence Chief Running Office Like Family Business: Public Interest Lawyers.”

While we cannot confirm any direct connection at this time, the timing raises questions regarding the potential motives behind Olatunji’s abduction.

FirstNews remains steadfast in demanding justice and accountability for our colleague. We stand united in our commitment to press freedom and the pursuit of truth, regardless of the challenges we face.

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