COZA: Editor Of Major Nigerian Newspaper Resigns

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Biodun Fatoyinbo

The PUNCH newspaper has sacked its Daily Editor Martin Ayankola over an offensive cartoon published last week Thursday.

Concise News learned that the sack was due to its back page column written by Abimbola Adelakun, with the title “What Does Mrs. Fatoyinbo Know.”

A cartoon with a man desecrating the bible with urine was attached to the article with the Saturday Editor Olabisi Deji-Folutile also relieved of his duties.

The cartoon created heated debates and controversy with many Christians saying it cast aspersion on the Christian faith and the Lord Jesus Christ.

And after a meeting on Monday, Ayankola was forced to resign his appointment, according to a source who spoke to PM News.

He also finished a one-week suspension before he was fired by the newspaper over the offensive cartoon.

Ayankola was appointed to the office in 2013 with the media outlet earlier apologizing over the matter and promising to sanction those responsible.

“On the back of the page of the Thursday, July 4, 2019 edition of the PUNCH, we published a cartoon to illustrate an article titled, ‘What does Mrs. Fatoyinbo know?’ The cartoon features a character desecrating the Holy Bible,” it earlier noted.

“We apologise for the offensive cartoon and assure our esteemed readers that we hold the Christian faith in high regard.

“We have since commenced the process of applying appropriate sanctions to the members of staff responsible, and we shall be reviewing our editorial process to prevent re-occurrence.”

Pastor Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) was accused of raping Busola Dakolo, the wife of singer Timi Dakolo, had in late June accused Fatoyinbo of raping her twice when she was a teenager.

But the clergyman has since denied the allegation.

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Egobiambu Emmanuel is a Mass Communication graduate from the University of Benin. He is a media enthusiast, loves reading and writing, and has a special interest in personal development. Emmanuel is a reporter with Concise News.

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