The retired officer is not dead.
This evening, one of our correspondents, based in the northern flank of Oyo State, filed a report indicating that retired Col. Ajibola Kunle Togun had passed on. He claimed to have spoken to close family members of the retired officer in the process of getting the story.
But moments after we published the story, it came to our attention that the story was untrue and we have since pulled it down.
We apologise earnestly to the retired officer, Mr. Togun, his family, associates, and our readers for the error. It is unacceptable, and a low mark by the standards we set for ourselves, and by which we seek to be judged. We are already in contact with Mr. Togun, offering our apologies, pledging a retraction, and promising a visit.
This incident has also compelled us to take another look at our gatekeeping process. A thorough disciplinary process has also been activated for the reporter and editors involved in the incident.