Punch apologised after the publication of a cartoon which illustrated a man desecrating the bible with urine. The cartoon which was used to illustrate the ongoing rape saga between Timi Dakolo’s wife and Pastor Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), on the backpage of Punch Newspaper July 4th, 2019, the article which was written by Abimbola Adelakun titled “What does Mrs. Fatoyinbo know” has led to the sack of Punch longest serving editor, Mr. Martin Ayankola.
In the 46 years history of The PUNCH newspaper, Ayankola is the longest serving editor, he was appointed on December 2012 before the publication of the offensive cartoon. THE Punch management has been shopping for Ayankola’s replacement, it was reported that an emergency meeting was held by the management board instructing Ayankola to resign. The editor who had only returned from a one-week suspension before the call for his immediate resignation over the cartoon saga had been relieved of his duties as the Daily Editor of THE Punch newspaper.
Also asked to resign was the Saturday Editor, Olabisi Deji-Folutile over the same issue.
The publication had generated a lot of displeasure against the newspaper for publishing such offensive cartoon aimed at mimicking the Christian faith and Body of Christ in general.
The PUNCH tendered unreserved apologies to the public over the offensive cartoon.
The apology reads: “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?’
“We apologize 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.”