NBC Broadcasting Code Sanction: SERAP sues Buhari on terrorism reporting, TrustTV N5m fine

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, (CJID), have slammed Nigeria’s number one man, President Muhammadu Buhari. The groups filed a lawsuit against the President, asking the court to “declare arbitrary and illegal, the N5 million imposed on Trust Television, (TrustTV), MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Television Authority-StarTimes Ltd and others over their documentaries on terrorism in the country”. Joined in the suit as Defendants are the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC). NBC had last week…

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Kano: Teenager climbs flyover bridge, vows to remain there if President Buhari does not resign

A teenager, Hamza Yahaya, has threatened to jump from the popular Kofar Nasarawa flyover bridge in Kano’s ancient city if President Muhammadu Buhari did not resign. As passers-by stopped to take a glimpse of the scenario on Friday, Hamza’s actions created a scene beneath the bridge connecting the Emir of Kano’s palace and State road. It was gathered that the one-man protest could not be unrelated to the country’s economic situation or hardship. It took the intervention of the Kano State Fire Service officials to rescue Hamza from the bridge’s…

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Insecurity: “Fish out perpetrators of Imo killings”, Northern Elders task security agencies

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has expressed outrage over the murder of eight people suspected to be migrants from the North by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Owerri-West local government area of Imo State.  The Arewa elders, in an issued statement by the NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, also called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the killings in the State. The NEF said: “We are deeply concerned over rising cases of profiling, targeting and killings of Northerners in many parts of the South. “The recent…

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Worsening Insecurity: ‘Buhari can proceed on leave, allow someone else rule Nigeria’ – Kadaria Ahmed

Nigerian journalist and Chief Executive Officer of RadioNow, Kadaria Ahmed, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to proceed on sick leave and allow somebody to run the affairs of the country, due the deteriorating security challenges. Ahmed has been in the news for describing a recent BBC documentary on Zamfara banditry as “irresponsible reporting”. In an opinion article published last week, Ahmed said the BBC documentary fell below the best practices of journalism, and was against public interest. She said the BBC Africa Eye may be charged with aiding terrorism…

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“While US kills terrorists, Nigeria begs, pays and rewards them” – Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has lashed out at the Federal Government for pampering terrorists rather than killing them like the Americans are doing. Fani-Kayode was reacting to the US killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa’eda leader. Recall that on Saturday, President Joe Biden had announced that at his direction, the United States successfully conducted an airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed the emir of al-Qa’eda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Biden said the United States continued to demonstrate its resolve and capacity to defend the American people against those who sought to do…

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Terrorism reporting: SERAP gives Buhari 48 hrs to withdraw threat to sanction BBC, Daily Trust

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “urgently instruct the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to withdraw the threat to sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Daily Trust over their documentaries on terrorism in the country, whether through the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) or any other agency of government.” Recall that the minister had last week stated that the Federal Government would sanction the BBC and Trust TV for airing documentaries that allegedly ‘glorify’, ‘promote’ and ‘fuel’ terrorism and banditry in…

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Escalating Insecurity: Nigerians tired, gravitating towards self-help ― NSA Monguno 

The National Security Council is working on new strategies to curtail the worsening insecurity in the country as it observed that Nigerians are tired and gravitating towards self-help. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), stated this while briefing correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday. Joined by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali, he noted that the country is in a difficult situation, saying that the President is aware of the people’s…

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Worsening Insecurity: ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ Senators demand sack of President, stage walk-out

Some senators from the opposition political parties at the National Assembly yesterday walked out of the Red Chamber in protest at the worsening insecurity situation in the country. The senators walked out on the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after he allegedly refused the Minority Leader, Senator Philip Aduda, to allow them to lead the motion on the impeachment of the President. It was learnt that some lawmakers that were displeased with the worsening security situation in the country had threatened to impeach the President.  The Senators from the opposition parties have…

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Worsening Insecurity: “Sooner or later, Buhari can be kidnapped” – Buba Galadima

A former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima, has warned the Nigerian leader that the terrorists threatening to kidnap him (Buhari) can take true to their word. In a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa service, Galadima warned that if terrorists can have access to break Kuje Custodial Centre, Buhari himself is not safe. “If care is not taken, sooner or later Buhari too can be kidnapped considering the way security issues are ignored. The only option available now is to either continue praying or arm…

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