2023: Kaduna journalists under attacks by political thugs, politicians lament

Some politicians in Kaduna State have lamented that some politicians, directly and indirectly, sponsor miscreants to attack journalists while covering political assignments, especially towards the 2023 general elections. Heavy attacks on journalists by thugs at different coverage of political events in recent times gave credence to these ugly incidents in the State capital. According to reports, one of the journalists had his car stolen, and others were molested, and beaten by thugs at coverage of political events in recent times. Unfortunately, security men appeared to have turned their backs on…

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World Press Freedom Day: ‘Media freedom under attack in Nigeria’ – Editors

As the world marked World Press Freedom Day yesterday, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, (NGE), has said that the inalienable right to access and disseminate information through an independent press is under attack. It then called for an urgent need to protect the media, warning that democracy is in danger when the free press is threatened. In an issued press statement yesterday, signed by the NGE’s President, Mustapha Isah, and its General Secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, to mark the World Press Freedom Day, the professional group of all the editors in…

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2023: FG directs NBC to clamp down on stations airing ‘inciting broadcasts’

The Federal Government has directed the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), to wield its big stick on television and radio stations airing “inciting broadcasts” as politicking for the 2023 general election gets intense. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the directive yesterday, at the inauguration of the Governing Board of the Commission in Abuja. The minister also tasked the Board to fast-track the implementation of the government’s Digital Switch Over. Addressing the reconstituted Board, the minister said, “The most important task facing NBC today is to successfully transition the…

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“I pray for a glorious End” — Malami

…Says he has no plan to resign as minister The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), says he has no plan to resign. While delivering a keynote address yesterday, during a media conference organised by the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents (NAJUC), Abuja chapter, Malami described reports of his purported resignation to further a political ambition as ‘fake news’. He added that there needs to be sanctions for persons who publish “fake” reports. “Many public officers have been victims of malicious media reports —…

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Kwara APC ex-chairman, Bashir Bolarinwa, heads NBC Board

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the Governing Board of the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), following the expiration of the tenure of the former Board. In a press statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the Board has Hon. Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa as Chairman. Bolarinwa, a political associate of the minister, is a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State. He was re-elected state chairman in October 2021 at a parallel congress, but the national leadership of…

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Northern Broadcast Stations may shut down, send SOS to PMB as diesel price hits N730

Some Northern Broadcast Stations are seeking urgent intervention from the Federal Government to support them to continue being on-air, as diesel price hits N720-730 per litre. The Executive Chairman of Liberty TV and Liberty Radio 103.3 FM Abuja and Chairman Board of Trustee Northern Broadcast Media Owners Association, (NBMOA), Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, made the appeal in Abuja on Sunday, as the prices of petroleum products skyrocket, with electricity also not available. “It is a difficult thing ensuring to continue broadcasting at this time, as diesel has gone up…

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2023 polls: World’s eyes on Nigeria – US Ambassador

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, has said that the eyes of the world will be on Nigeria this year and early next year, as the country prepares to choose a new president and transition to a new government, saying the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE and members of civil society group has a role and responsibility in promoting democracy. The Ambassador who spoke yesterday at a Town Hall Meeting organised by the NGE, with support from US Embassy in Nigeria, noted that Nigeria’s commitment to democracy and opposition…

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House of Reps probe Aregbesola, Nababa over misuse of N165bn for Correctional Service

The House of Representatives has ordered an immediate investigation over the usage of over N165 billion budgeted to the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS) within the last two years. Adopting a Motion under matters of national importance, sponsored by Ndudi Elumelu at the plenary, presided by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, the House explained that the measure was aimed at addressing the appalling state of custodial facilities and general welfare of inmates in the country. In effect, the House mandated its Committee on Reformatory Institutions to probe into the alleged infraction and turn…

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Liberty Kaduna FM Stations Boss felicitates with their Host, Kaduna State Gov el-Rufa’i at 62

Liberty Radio 91.7 FM and Tashar Yanci 103.3 FM Kaduna has felicitated their Host, Gov. Nasir el-Rufa’i, of Kaduna State, on the occasion of his 62nd birthday on Feb 16. In an issued statement on Wednesday, the Kaduna residents-preferred Private and Independent Liberty FM Stations’ Executive Chairman, Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, stated: “As you reach the milestone of three scores plus two in your life, may Allah, the Most Beneficent and Most Merciful, continue to imbue you with Mercy, Wisdom, Big heart, Inclusiveness and Long life for continued service…

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SERAP sues Buhari, Lai over ‘failure to publish copy of agreement with Twitter’

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over “the failure to publish a copy of the agreement the Federal Government recently signed with Twitter, Inc, and the failure to publish the details of the terms and conditions of any such agreement.” Joined in the suit as Respondent is Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture. The Federal Government had in January lifted the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria, stating that, “Twitter has agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgment of…

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