The National Broadcasting Commission ( NBC) has suspended the license of Channels television and imposed a Five million naira fine on it.
The NBC in a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television signed by the Acting Director-General of the Commission, NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, accused the station of inviting and talking to the Public Relations Officer of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Emma Powerful.
Mr Powerful had been interviewed through the telephone in the station’s 7 pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, 25th April 2021.
The NBC accused the TV station of allowing a leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB to make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without caution or reprimand by the station contrary to the broadcast code.
It also accused the station of allowing the guest speaker to make derogatory, false and misleading statements about the Nigerian army, despite being proscribed by a court of law.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been increasingly intolerant of free press and has continued the repression of free speech with increased abuse of human and peoples rights.