Mailafia: NBC fines Nigerian Info N5m

Ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia
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Tochi Juliet

The National Broadcasting Commission has fined a radio station, Nigeria Info, N5m, for a recent comment made by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailaifa.

This was contained in a statement signed by the NBC management titled, ‘The National Broadcasting Commission Fines Nigeria Info 99.3 For Unprofessional Broadcast.’

Malifia who was interviewed on Nigeria Info station over the crisis rocking southern Kaduna disclosed that the present government has something to do with the recent killings in Southern part of Kaduna.

He also said “Some of us 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 repented – they have sat down with us not once, not twice.

“They told us that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram and the bandits are the same. They have a sophisticated network. During this lockdown, their planes were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.

They were moving ammunition, moving money, and distributing them across different parts of the country.”

The statement by NBC read in parT;

“The National Broadcasting Commission has noted with grave concern, the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire”, aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30 am and 9.00 am.

The station provided its platform for the guest, Dr Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverifiably and inciting views that could encourage or incite to crime and lead to public disorder.

Dr Mailafia Obadiah’s comments on the “Southern Kaduna Crisis”, were devoid of facts and by broadcasting same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, violates the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

3.1.1. No broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime, lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain an offensive reference to any person or organisation, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity.

3.1.2. Broadcasting shall promote human dignity; therefore, hate speech is prohibited.

Stations are, by this statement, admonished to desist forthwith, from airing unwholesome content, or be ready to face appropriate sanctions.''

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