NBC Summons Channels TV Presenters Over Anti-Buhari Interview

It has been reported that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has summoned Channels Television presenters, Chamberlain Usoh, Kayode Okikiolu and two other anchors of the TV’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme to the Abuja office on Thursday, over some comments made against the President Muhammadu Buhari, by two guests on the programme this week.

It was disclosed that the NBC,  is not comfortable with an interview granted the private television station by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who made it known that he was disappointed with the way the Presidency is handling the nation’s security challenges.

NBC also made it known that it is not comfortable with an interview granted by a former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, who alleged that current members of the Buhari cabinet are Boko Haram sponsors.

A letter from NBC, dated August 24, 2021, and signed by its Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah, read

“The programme which had as guest the Executive Governor of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom, was observed to contain inciting, divisive and unfair comments which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors.”

The letter disclosed that, “he actions allegedly negated Sections 1.10.4, 3.1.1, 3.3.1(b), 3.3.1(e), 3.11.1(a), and 3.12.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.”

It stated that, “Consequently, Channels Television is required to explain why appropriate sanctions should not be applied for these infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Your response should reach the Commission within 24 hours of the receipt of this letter.”

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