Following the issuance of a 5 million naira fine by the National Broadcasting Commission to a radio station, Info 99.3FM for airing a hate speech.
The inciting comments were made by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailaifa, while addressing issues relating to terrorism in the country.
During the radio programme, Mailafia had said that the repentant Boko Haram members had revealed to him that a serving Northern governor was a commander of the terrorist group.
He was subsequently given an invitation for questioning by the Department of State Services on Wednesday, which he obliged but was released after six hours.
In a statement signed by the commission, the NBC management described the broadcast as “unprofessional”. The statements reads;
.“The National Broadcasting Commission has noted with grave concern, the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the programme ‘Morning CrossFire’ aired on August 10, 2020, between 8.30am and 9.00am.
“The station provided its platform for the guest, Dr Mailafia Obadiah, to promote unverifiable and inciting views that could encourage or incite crime and lead to public disorder.
“Dr Mailafia Obadia’s comments on the Southern Kaduna crisis were devoid of facts and by broadcasting the same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, is in violation of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
“In line with the amendment of the 6th edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos, has been fined the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira), only.
“This is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide a platform for subversive rhetoric and the expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such.”
Mailafia had during the radio programme said that repentant Boko Haram members revealed to him that a serving Northern governor was a commander of the terrorist group.