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SERAP drags FG, NBC to ECOWAS Court
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SERAP drags FG, NBC to ECOWAS Court

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and twenty-four concerned Nigerians have sued the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja over “the arbitrary use of the NBC Act and broadcasting code to target, harass, sanction, and fine independent television and radio stations in Nigeria, and to restrict Nigerians’ freedom of expression and access to information.” SERAP is asking the ECOWAS Court to declare “illegal and contrary to Nigeria’s international human rights obligations the provisions of the NBC Act and broadcasting code frequently apply by the Federal Government and NBC to target, harass, intimidate, and impose sanctions on independent television and radio stations in the ...
NBC Code is inimical to free speech and Press Freedom – NUJ
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NBC Code is inimical to free speech and Press Freedom – NUJ

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has declared the National Broadcasting Commission NBC code as inimical to free speech and Press Freedom. The union made this observation in a Press Statement signed by its President Comr Chris Isiguzo made available to The Daily Vendor in Abuja Tuesday April 26 2021. Reacting to NBC plan to suspend the broadcast licence of Channels Television Station for hosting the Spokesperson of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in a live interview programme , as well às the fine imposed on the station, NUJ want all actions be withdrawn immediately. "'At this very difficult time in the history of the country, what the nation needs more from the broadcast regulator is to create an avenue for more unfettered access by all Nigerians to indepe...
NBC jams Radio Biafra signal in Lagos, asks DSS to arrest operators
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NBC jams Radio Biafra signal in Lagos, asks DSS to arrest operators

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it has jammed the signals of a station “claiming to be Radio Biafra”, and broadcasting in “many parts of Lagos”. In a statement issued on Monday, the commission said it has also requested the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria police force to arrest the operators of the “illegal” station. Radio Biafra, established by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), is based in the United Kingdom and run by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). According to the NBC, the radio station “is notorious for spewing fake, inflammatory, and inciting content”. “The National Broadcasting Commission Act, CAP N11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 spells out in ch...
WAMELA Knocks NBC
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WAMELA Knocks NBC

The West Africa Media Lawyers Association, WAMELA, notes with concern the rising and persistent repression of the press in Nigeria using the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as the hangman. In a statement made available to the The Daily Vendor in Abuja by its Public Relations Officer Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, WAMELA took a swipe on the NBC. This is coming against the backdrop of the news report dated 26th of January, 2021, where it was reported that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) by a letter to media houses, issued a warning with respect to the factual crisis occurring in Western Nigeria between indigenes and herdsmen. The content of the NBC letter states as follow:“The National Broadcasting Commission wishes to bring to your attention emerging trends of nationa...
Commission Set To Resolve Benue-Taraba Crisis In 2021
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Commission Set To Resolve Benue-Taraba Crisis In 2021

The National Boundary Commission (NBC), says it was set to resolve crisis in grey areas of boundary demarcation between Benue and Taraba in early 2021, and called for peaceful coexistence among the residents in the border community. Dr Richard Oji, Director of Interstate Boundaries in the Commission made the call in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja. Oji said the Commission had done so much over the years in the demarcation of the boundary between the two states. “But there have been a lacuna in the process which had to do with the people’s perception on demarcation and disagreement between the two states. “The legal document or instruments we used, particularly the 1923 and 1924 agreements on the boundary have equally affected the efforts of the commission. “Als...
SERAP orders NBC to drop charges against Channels TV, Arise, AIT or be sued
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SERAP orders NBC to drop charges against Channels TV, Arise, AIT or be sued

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP has asked the National Broadcasting Corporation to withdraw the “unconstitutional and illegal” fines of N3 million each imposed by the National Broadcasting Commission on Channels Television, Arise Television, and Africa Independent Television over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests. The acting Director-General of NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, had announced at a press conference in Abuja on that the agency has fined Channels Television, Arise Television, and Africa Independent Television. SERAP made its reaction known in a statement by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, titled ‘SERAP asks NBC to withdraw ‘illegal fines on Channels TV, AIT, Arise TV or face legal action’. The statement read, “This action by NBC ...
EndSARS: Arise TV, AIT, Channels Television in a big trouble as NBC fines them for unprofessional coverage
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EndSARS: Arise TV, AIT, Channels Television in a big trouble as NBC fines them for unprofessional coverage

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Channels Television, AIT and Arise TV N3 million each over their “unprofessional coverage” of the EndSARS protests and the crisis that followed it. Acting Director-General of the NBC, Dr Armstrong Idachaba on Monday at a press conference made the announcement. The media houses were fined N3m each for the violations, with Mr Idachaba warning that further violations could lead to heavier sanctions.
Senate To Bar FIRS, Customs, NBC, 57 Others From Getting Federal Allocations
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Senate To Bar FIRS, Customs, NBC, 57 Others From Getting Federal Allocations

The Senate is prepared to propose to the Federal Ministry of Finance , Budget and National Planning to exempt 60 federal agencies from receiving allocation from the national budget , which will start from next year . It was gathered that the move was due to the conviction that the agencies generate enough revenue to fund their overheads and payment of salaries , and would therefore not need to be funded from the national budget . The agencies include Federal Inland Revenue Service , Nigeria Customs Service , Security and Exchange Commission , National Broadcasting Commission and Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone Commission . According to one of our correspondents on Friday indicated that the Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning had concluded plans to include the proposa...
N5million Fine By NBC On Nigeria Info, Assault On Media Independence – International Press Centre
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N5million Fine By NBC On Nigeria Info, Assault On Media Independence – International Press Centre

The International Press Centre (IPC), has expressed disappointment over the heavy fine of N5 million imposed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to Nigeria Info. The Centre further requested for an immediate reversal of the fine, maintaining that it was a burden on the NBC to do the right thing. The DAILY VENDOR recalls that on Thursday, the NBC had hinged its decision on alleged unprofessional conduct by the radio station in the handling of its Program, 'Morning Cross Fire', on August 10, 2020, between 8:30am and 9:00am. NBC stated: “The station provided its platform for the guest, Dr. Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverified and inciting views that could encourage or incite crime and lead to public disorder." Lanre Arogundade, the Executive Director of IPC, in a st...
Atiku, Falana, Others Condemn NBC’s N5m Fine On Radio Station
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Atiku, Falana, Others Condemn NBC’s N5m Fine On Radio Station

Nigerians have reacted against the N5million fine slammed on a Lagos-based private radio station, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, for allegedly broad­casting views categorised as hate speech. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) slammed the fine on the radio station over the views expressed by a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, on one of its programmes, ‘Morning Cross Fire,’ on Au­gust 10. With this development, Nigeria Info 99.3FM has been made the first victim of the NBC code which reviewed the fine on hate speech from N500,000 to N5million. In his reaction, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election said the NBC was seeking to “exterminate” the media. He accused the a...
Mailafia Claims: NBC Slams Nigeria Info N5million Fine
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Mailafia Claims: NBC Slams Nigeria Info N5million Fine

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has slammed a radio station, Nigeria Info, to the tune of N5 million fine, for the interview recently granted by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia. The fine contained in a statement by the NBC management on Thursday titled, ‘The National Broadcasting Commission Fines Nigeria Info 99.3 For Unprofessional Broadcast’. The interview granted by Mailafia on Monday, on the station’s program, 'Morning Cross Fire', had talked on the killings in Southern Kaduna, of the North-West region ravaged by banditry. Mailafia had said: “Some of us also have our intelligence networks. I have met with some of the bandits; we have met with some of their high commanders – one or two who have repe...
BREAKING: NBC Fines 99.3FM N5m For Hate Speech
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BREAKING: NBC Fines 99.3FM N5m For Hate Speech

The Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos has been fined the sum of N5 million by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The fine was slammed on the radio station for allowing its platform to be used for promoting unverifiable and inciting views that can cause crime, public disorder. Details shortly…
PDP Rejects New Broadcast Code, Says It’s Meant To Gag The Media And Cover APC Corruption
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PDP Rejects New Broadcast Code, Says It’s Meant To Gag The Media And Cover APC Corruption

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has rejected the revised broadcast code put together by the federal government. In a statement by its national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party described the amended broadcast code as another draconian measure to muzzle the media and suppress free speech in Nigeria. It also maintained that the rules was a grand plot to suppress and muzzle Nigerians and the media from publicly opposing “plots by the APC to mortgage the sovereignty of our dear nation to foreign interests as being witnessed in the anti-Nigeria clauses in the loan agreements with China.” According to the statement, the ruling party adopted the revised broadcast code with its N5 million fine to intimidate the media and gag whistleblowers from further exposing the h...
NBC fines 3 stations, sanctions 28 others
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NBC fines 3 stations, sanctions 28 others

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined three stations over broadcast of misleading content on COVID-19 and also sanctioned 28 others for other violations against the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. The three stations fined are Adaba FM and Breeze FM, all in Akure, as well as Albarka FM, Ilorin, said the NBC director-general Armstrong Idachaba. He said that the stations were fined N250,000 each for broadcasting invariable claims and misleading information about the COVID-19 pandemic. The 28 others violated codes on hate speech, obscenity, technical breach, advertisement, invariable claims and unprofessionalism “All the stations have been either queried or sanctioned according to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code “ The commission wishes to, again, re-em...