Ogun journalists exonerate chairman of allegation of luring member into SSS captivity

Nigerian Union of Journalists
Nigerian Union of Journalists

The member was invited to the SSS office over a story that he wrote for the Punch newspaper.

The Executive Council of the Correspondents Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun State Council on Wednesday exonerated its chairman, Kehinde Akinyemi, of an allegation of betraying one of the chapel members to the State Security Services, SSS.

A Punch Newspaper Correspondent in Ogun State, Segun Olatunji, was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) last Monday, and interrogated for three hours on a story that he wrote for his paper.

Mr. Akinyemi had accompanied Mr. Olatunji to the SSS headquarters on the request of its Director.

After Mr. Olatunji was released by the SSS, he accused Mr. Akinyemi of luring him into the arms of the security agency, an allegation which was published in the Punch on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Vice-Chairman of the correspondents chapel, Tokunbo Akinremi, led an investigation based on the allegation by Mr. Olatunji. After an emergency meeting, the investigative team found faults with Mr. Olatunji’s claims against the chairman of the correspondents chapel.

“At an emergency meeting held on 29th of May, 2013 at the secretariat of Ogun State Correspondents Chapel, Isabo, Abeokuta, all the Executive members, having meticulously reviewed the issue between the Chapel Chairman, Kehinde Akinyemi of Daily Trust Newspaper and Segun Olatunji of Punch Newspaper over the allegation that the former tricked the latter into the SSS den […], unanimously exonerate Comrade Kehinde Akinyemi of any wrong doing. The Executives finding at the Ogun State office of the State Security Service, Oke Mosan Abeokuta, revealed that Comrade Kehinde Akinyemi never had prior knowledge of what the Director of SSS wanted to see the Punch Correspondent for,” a communiqué issued by the Mr. Akinremi’s team stated.

The investigative team also gathered that the Chapel Chairman, without knowing the true purpose of the meeting, only tried to use the cordial relationship that exists between the Chapel and all security agencies in the state to facilitate the meeting between Mr. Olatunji and the State Director of SSS.

“Our findings revealed further that the Chairman never abandoned Segun Olatunji at SSS office as alleged by him. That the Chairman left the SSS office at about 5.30 pm to the NUJ secretariat in company of the Chapel Secretary and Assistant Secretary to inform the leadership of the Council on the matter,” it said

The communiqué also said that Mr. Akinyemi was advised by the council to go back to the SSS office to amicably secure the release of Mr. Olatunji, adding that even till date, Mr. Akinyemi still has no actual knowledge of why the Punch reporter was invited to the SSS office.

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