IPI Nigeria urges President Tinubu to intervene in the abduction of FirstNews Editor

Mr. Segun Olatunji

The International Press Institute (IPI) Nigeria has issued a plea to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene and ensure the security agencies produce Mr. Segun Olatunji, the Editor of FirstNews, who was reportedly abducted by the military. 

In a statement signed by IPI Nigeria's President, Musikilu Mojeed, and Legal Adviser, Tobi Soniyi, it was emphasized that the prolonged detention of Mr. Olatunji constitutes a severe infringement of his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

It added that: "He is entitled to his personal liberty. If, however, he has committed an offense he should be charged to court as provided for by the Constitution."

Olatunji, a former Kaduna State correspondent of The PUNCH, was on Friday, March 15, 2024, picked up in his Lagos home in Iyana Odo, Abule Egba area of Lagos.

He was reportedly whisked away by 10 armed men, and to date, nothing has been heard of his whereabouts.

As it is now, no security agency has owned up to holding Mr. Olatunji. His family remains under apprehension. 

Before issuing this statement, IPI Nigeria had reached out to security agencies demanding the immediate release of Mr Olatunji. However, there has been no positive response.

President Bola Tinubu in his inaugural speech had promised to uphold the Constitution. IPI Nigeria is now calling on the president to uphold the Constitution, the statement said.

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