Rape Saga: PUNCH sacks longest serving editor

PUNCH NIgeria Limited has laid off it’s longest serving editor, Martin Ayanko, editor of the PUNCH’s daily title who was appointed December 2012.

This is coming after the publication of a controversial cartoon last Thursday which has generated a lot of vicious attack from people.

An article titled ‘What Does Mrs. Fatoyinbo Know?’ had been published on July 4 on the backpage of the newspaper one by Abimbola Adelakun, which looked into the rape allegation levelled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly.

The cartoon illustration which had the picture of a man violating the sacredness of the Holy Bible with urine, was welcomed with a negative reaction from people.

This necessitated an emergency meeting which was convened by the board on Monday, where Ayankola who had only returned from a one-week suspension before the cartoon saga, was ordered to resign before the close of work.

According to Qed.ng, an inside source stated that the newspaper’s management had been scouting for the editor’s replacement for some time with the former editor of the Sunday PUNCH, Ms Ogunseye Toyosi who currently serves as the head of BBC west africa pencilled down to take over in January 2019.

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