Gbajabiamila: Journalist Calls for Settlement of Outstanding Salaries, Resigns After Release From Detention

First News General Editor Segun Olatunji quit after a disagreement over a controversial report involving Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s chief of staff, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Olatunji resigned from his position upon his release from detention after spending days in a Defence Intelligence Agency subterranean cell.

Olatunji submitted his resignation on May 8, 2024, to the Publisher/Managing Director of First Media Network Limited. In the letter, he stated that he had a disagreement with the management of the organisation about how the Gbajabiamila story was handled.

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The controversy over the story, “How Gbajabiamila attempted to corner $30bn, 66 houses traced to Sabiu,” prompted First News management to apologise to Gbajabiamila.

Olatunji wrote in his resignation letter that he hoped the situation’s true nature will eventually surface.

Additionally, he demanded that First Media Network Limited’s management pay him his unpaid salary—which reportedly total one year—as soon as possible.

Olatunji stated, ”In view of the latest development regarding the Gbajabiamila story and the stance of the company’s Management, I hereby tender my resignation as the General Editor of First News.

”It has become imperative for me to resign my appointment for the safety of my person and my family.

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”However, I want to state that in no distant time, the truth will come out and then it’ll be my word against theirs.

”I hope the Management of First Media Network Limited, publishers of First News newspaper, will be magnanimous enough to fully settle the one year outstanding salaries I am being owed, in no time.

”I thank the company’s management for giving me the opportunity to contribute my quota to its operations in the past four years,” he added.


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