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FirstNews: IPI Nigeria Demands Release Of Segun Olatunji

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Segun Olatunji

International Press Institute (IPI) Nigeria, has called on Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to prevail on the security agencies to produce the Editor of FirstNews, Segun Olatunji, who was allegedly abducted last Friday.

In a statement, obtained by Nigerian Kicker, IPI Nigeria President, Musikilu Mojeed and Legal Adviser, Tobi Soniyi note that “the continued detention of Mr Olatunji under whatever guise is a gross violation of his fundamental human rights under the Nigerian Constitution”.

“He is entitled to his personal liberty. If, however, he has committed an offence,
he should be charged to court as provided for by the Constitution,” the statement added.

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Recall that Olatunji, a former Kaduna State correspondent of The PUNCH, was on Friday reportedly 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 Olatunji.

His family remains under apprehension.

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

It recalled that President Bola Tinubu, in his inaugural speech “had promised to uphold the Constitution saying IPI Nigeria is now calling on the President to uphold the Constitution,” the statement said.

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