Abducted Journalist: Police Begin Investigation, Seek Dialogue With Army


News Investigators/ The Police have commenced investigation to unravel the whereabouts of the editor of FirstNews, Segun Olatunji, who was abducted from his Lagos home last Friday.

Mr. Olatunji was forcefully seized from his home by armed personnel in military uniform in the evening of that day and till date has not been found, causing panic about his health condition and whereabout.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) had condemned the abduction of a Lagos-based journalist and editor of FirstNews, by suspected soldiers.

Assistant National Secretary of the NUJ, Akorede Rauph Opeyemi in a statement on Tuesday, described Olatunji’s abduction as another threat to freedom of the press.

Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja while responding to inquiry on what the police were doing to secure the release of the vetetan journalist.

The force PRO said they would reach out to the military (army) to first ascertain if he was in their custody since there were wide speculation in the media suggesting that he was arrested by the army.

He said that the Police would not relent in getting to the root of the matter and also ensure that Mr. Olatunji is freed and reunited with his family.

Reacting to the development, the Publisher of FirstNews, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said it was highly commendable, noting that at long last “we are beginning to see some action being taken to unravel the whereabouts of Segun Olatunji five days after he was forcefully taken away from his home.”


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