President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, February 14; suspended the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Modibbo Kawu, over his ongoing trial for alleged corruption.
The NBC boss was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); for using his position to confer a corrupt advantage on his friend and Associate, Lucky Omoluwa.
He was docked by the Commission for allegedly “deceiving” one Mr. Mohammed to approve the payment of N2.5 billion to Pinnacle Communications Limited; owned by Omoluwa as Seed Grant under the Federal Government’s Digital Switch-Over Programme.
The ICPC urged the federal government to suspend Kawu and 32 other public officers; currently undergoing trial for alleged corruption.
However, the most senior Director in the NBC has been directed to take over from the suspended director-general.
A source in the Commission told journalists that the Director in charge of Broadcast Monitoring; Armstrong Idachaba, has been asked to take over as acting NBC director-general pending the conclusion of the trial.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila says the house will collaborate with the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC); to ameliorate the challenges Internally Displaced People (IDPs) go through.
Gbajabiamila spoke when he hosted a team of the ICRC led by the head of the organisation in Nigeria, Mr. Eloi Fillion, on Thursday, February 13 in Abuja.
He also said the house would follow the necessary steps to domesticate the Kampala Convention on IDPs; which would go a long way in addressing their plight.
”I want to thank you for your role, particularly in the Northeast; if not for you, I do not know how we will describe the situation.
“We are more than happy to collaborate with you, I am glad you are working with my Special Assistant on IDPs; he has a lot of zeal for the work, we always look forward to collaboration such as this,” he said.