Nigeria’s Broadcasting Commission Harasses, Bars Radio Station From Interviewing Human Rights’ Activist In Lagos

Nigeria’s broadcast regulating physique, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has instructed a Lagos State-based radio station, Grajos 89.3fm, to not grant an interview to a human rights’ activist, Mr Temitayo Oyekunle. 

SaharaReporters learnt that the incident occurred at about 10.50am on Saturday.

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Oyekunle, additionally an writer, had been scheduled for an interview by 11am on the radio station on nationwide points bordering significantly on Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.

The NBC, nevertheless, known as the Grajos administration minutes to the programme, warning them to not grant an interview to the human rights’ activist. 

SaharaReporters gathered that he was thereafter informed that his dialogue on Nigerian Independence would not be entertained.

Oyekunle informed SaharaReporters on Saturday that the Chairperson of the station bought a name from the broadcasting regulator. 

He stated, “It was a programme on Grajos 89.3fm billed to start at 11am today. I was there at 10: 50am waiting in the studio for the interview. I was shocked to be informed that the owner received a call from NBC not to grant any interview on Nigeria’s Independence.”

NBC has been infamous and thus faulted by the general public below the Muhammadu Buhari regime for its clampdown on media platforms for reporting and airing criticisms of the Nigerian authorities.

It had, in latest occasions, slammed heavy fines on Arise TV, AIT and Channels Television for what it termed “unprofessional coverage of the #EndSARS protest” that lasted for 2 weeks in October final 12 months. 

It additionally slammed N3million every on these media homes and likewise once more imposed a N5million superb on Channels TV in May for granting an interview to the Media and Publicity Secretary of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Emma Powerful.

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