Nigeria suspends Channels TV over IPOB interview

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Sadyatt Bello

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended Channels Television and fined the foremost TV station in Nigeria the sum of N5 million for what it called “breach of the broadcast code”. It also said that the news channel erred by allowing a spokesperson of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during the station’s 7 pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, April 25, 2021, to make secessionist, inciting declarations, derogatory, false, and misleading statements about the Nigerian army, despite being proscribed by a court of law.

In a letter to Channels TV’s management, the regulator’s acting Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba, said Channels TV erred on professional misconduct.

The suspension according to reports may spare Channels TV’s PayTV network on DSTV and the WebTV on its website, but not its local transmission operations.

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