NBC fines radio station N5 million over claim that a governor is Boko Haram commander

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined a Lagos-based radio station, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, the sum of N5 million for unprofessional conduct.

The commission in a statement on Thursday, August 13, 2020, accused the radio station of providing a platform for the promotion of unverifiable and inciting views that could encourage or incite to crime, and lead to public disorder.

A former presidential candidate, Obadiah Mailafia, had made some claims that attracted public curiosity when he appeared as a guest on the station’s ‘Morning Cross Fire’ programme on Monday, August 10.

Mailafia claimed he had an intelligence report that a northern state governor is a commander of Boko Haram.

He said he got the information from talking to some former fighters of the terrorist group that has wreaked havoc in the northeast over the past 11 years.

The former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also claimed that Boko Haram is planning an invasion of the southern region in a bid to trigger a second civil war.

NBC said on Thursday Mailafia’s comments were devoid of facts and that broadcasting the comments was in violation of certain sections of the controversial sixth edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

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