Reactions continue to trail the suspension of Channels TV by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
In a letter to the Managing Director of the station signed by the Acting Director-General of the Commission, NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the Commission referred to Channels 7 pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, 25th April 2021, in which it 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. The Nigerian government had tagged the group a terror organization.
Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, immediately took to his Twitter handle and condemned the suspension of ChannelsTv by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, over the invitation of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful.
“It is wrong for NBC to sanction @channelstv simply because they allowed the spokesman of IPOB, Mr Emma Powerful, to answer some pertinent and vital questions about the attack on the home of the Governor of Imo state. Censorship of the media is unacceptable in a democracy,” he said.