The Federal Government, on Monday, April 26, levied a fine of N5 million on a leading media outfit in Nigeria, Channels TV.
1st News that Channels TV was fined over a breach of the Broadcasting Code.
In a letter signed by its Acting Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba; the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) complained about the Channels TV 7pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, April 25, 2021. The NBC DG told the Managing Director of Channels TV that the TV station erred by allowing a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to make secessionist and also inciting declarations without caution.
The regulator accused the news channel of allowing the guest speaker to make derogatory, false; as well as misleading statements about the Nigerian Army, despite being proscribed by a court of law.
Equally important, the development has drawn intense reactions from Nigerians.
You can watch a snippet of the interview with the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful below.
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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday, April 26, stated that it was investigating reports that its air strikes accidentally killed ground troops in Mainok, Borno State.
This was in the wake of a video of a soldier; describing the attack that had been circulating on social media.
“The NAF wishes to state that visuals and reports being circulated are currently being investigated…The general public will likewise be duly updated on the alleged incident,” a statement on the Air Force’s verified Twitter page said.
The NAF has been involved in a couple of tragedies this year.
An air force jet supporting ground troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists went missing in North East Borno in March.
In February, seven officials died after a military plane crashed in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Also, the Lagos State Police Command has dismissed one Insp. Jonathan Kampani, attached to Mounted Troop of the Nigeria Police Force; for allegedly firing at, and killing one Jelili Bakare, at Quinox Lounge.
A statement by CSP Olumuyuwa Adejobi, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, on Sunday, April 25, in Lagos, said Kampani, with force No. 278055, committed the offence on March 18, at Sangotedo Area of Lagos.
Adejobi said the command had conveyed the dismissal of the erring Inspector to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, Yaba for prosecution, as advised by Lagos State Department of Public Prosecution.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, ordered for the arrest; and also immediate orderly room trial of the inspector after the incident.
“He also led a team of senior officers in the command to pay a condolence visit to the family of the deceased at Chief Bakare’s House, Ajiranland, Eti-Osa Local Government of Lagos State, on Saturday, March 27,” Adejobi said.