Former Punch Editor, Ayankola
Former Punch Editor, Ayankola

COZA Saga: Punch Editor, Ayankola, Fired Over Derogatory Image 

COZA Saga: The PUNCH sacks editor over offensive image.       

Funsho Akinwale

The Punch newspaper has fired its daily editor, Martins Ayankola, following the offensive cartoon published in the newspaper last week Thursday.

For his role in the publication of the image, Olabisi Deji-Folutile, the Editor of Saturday Punch, was also affected.

Checks confirm that the paper received a backlash over the offensive cartoon published on the back page of the newspaper which was written by a columnist identified as Abimbola Adelakun with the headline; “What Does Mrs Fatoyinbo Know?”

The controversial cartoon image depicted a man desecrating the bible with urine.

The image, which generated a lot of concerns in the public space, forced the management to sack all parties involved in the publication that many see as casting blame on the Christian faith and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Apart from Ayankola and Folutile who have been asked to leave the medium, the columnist has also been sacked while the column has been rested indefinitely over the cartoon image that brought the newspaper into disrepute.

The Punch management, in its apology, said, “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.

“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.”

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