SERAP To Sue Nigerian Broadcasting Commission Over Query Issued To Channels TV

A civil society organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has threatened to sue the National Broadcasting Commission over a question the latter issued to Channels Television after an interview session with the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom.

SERAP, in a submit on its Twitter deal with on Thursday, urged the NBC to withdraw the question inside 24 hours, failure of which is able to entice a lawsuit.

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The tweet reads, “BREAKING: We’re suing to end the harassment of Channels TV simply for carrying out its professional duties, if the unlawful NBC query issued to the station is not withdrawn within 24 hours.

“Channels TV is reportedly queried for interviewing the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.”

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the NBC summoned the presenters of Sun Rise Daily, a breakfast present on Channels Television over some latest interviews perceived to be essential of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The summons by the NBC is probably not unconnected to the utterances made by some company dropped at the programme on Tuesday and Wednesday.

They included the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and a former Nigerian Navy officer, Commodore Kunle Olawunmi (retd.).

Olawunmi had stated Boko Haram terrorists talked about names of present governors, senators and Aso Rock officers as sponsors throughout interrogation by the army authorities.

He, nonetheless, stated President Muhammadu Buhari’s authorities did not show the mandatory political will to go after the high-profile politicians for causes finest identified to it.

Olawunmi, a professor of Global Security Studies, stated he was a member of the Intelligence Brief at Defence Headquarters throughout the management of the then Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin.

According to him, the federal government had not been capable of prosecute the sponsors as a result of it was allegedly partisan.

He added that the Department of State Services had super info on terrorists however they may not do something besides by the physique language of the Commander-In-Chief.

Also, SaharaReporters obtained a discover of infraction signed by the Commission’s Director-General, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, addressed to the tv station over Ortom’s interview.

Ilelah alleged that Ortom made “inciting, divisive and unfair comments” which weren’t totally interrogated by the anchors highlighting sections from the NBC code which the interview contravened. 

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SERAP To Sue Nigerian Broadcasting Commission Over Query Issued To Channels TV

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