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Arrested Editor’s Family Members Write Tinubu, Plan Peaceful Protest to Military HQ

Olatunji was abducted last Friday in Lagos by 10 armed men, two of them in military uniform.

Four days after the abduction of Mr. Segun Olatunji, the editor of FirstNews, members of his family has written a strongly worded Save Our Soul (SOS) letter to the President Bola Tinubu, requesting him to order the military to immediately release him.

In the letter signed by Mr. Tosin Olatunji, elder brother of the abducted journalist, the family, said since his abduction last Friday, there has been no word or official statement from his abductors.

They said short of giving up hope, and as one of the only options for them, they feel constrained to write an SOS letter to the President for his intervention.

According to them, they fear for the life of their son, disclosing that they have since reported the incident to the police, hoping that they would be given some form of closure regarding his whereabout and his current health condition.

“We have decided to write an SOS letter to the President and Commnder in Chief of the armed forces to order the military high command to immediately release our son, who we believe is in their custody. This is one of the only options we have.

“We are optimistic that the President will intervene. It is a trying moment for us all. Since his abduction, the only help we have received so far by way of care and show of concern has only come from First Media Network Limited publishers of First News, who are his employers”, the letter read.

Tosin also disclosed that the family has consented to the plan by friends and close associates of the abducted journalist to stage a peaceful protest in Lagos and Abuja to draw the attention of the military and other constituted authorities to push for his immediate release.

In an interview with journalists, publisher of First News, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, also lent his voice to support the peaceful protest, noting that “at this stage we must all rally round and support every initiative that will spur the government to take action.

“As an organization, we are fully in support of whatever initiative that will get the government to act and ensure the immediate release of Segun Olatunji. We can not afford to fold our hands and do nothing. We are in a democracy and we believe this kind of lawless act by agents of government funded by taxpayers’ money should not be allowed to stand.”

Olatunji was abducted last Friday at his Lagos home by ten fully armed men, with two of them dressed in military uniform in the presence of his wife and children.

Friday Olokor, Abuja

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