FG Fine Nigeria Info Millions For Airing Dr Mailafia's Interview On Boko Haram

Nigeria Info 99.3FM, a popular radio station in Lagos, has been slammed with a sum of N5 million by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). 

The fine was imposed on the radio station on Thursday, August 13, by the regulatory commission, because it allegedly provided its platform to be used to promote unverifiably and inciting views. 

Coming on the heels of a comment made by a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Obadiah Mailaifa, NBC in a statement said it was concerned with "the unprofessional conduct of Nigeria Info 99.3FM, Lagos, in the handling of the Programme, “Morning Cross Fire."

Mailafia, while speaking on the radio on August 10, 2020, had claimed that some governors are contributing to the festering insecurity in the country by providing financial and moral support for the Boko Haram terrorists and bandits. 

Reacting, NBC said Mailafia's claims are unverified and are capable of inciting violence in the country amid mounting security threats, saying for that reason the radio station is fined. 

"Mailafia Obadiah’s comments on the “Southern Kaduna Crisis”, were devoid of facts and by broadcasting same to the public, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, is in violation of the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code," NBC said. 

Obadiah Mailafia has opened up on his interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS). Mailafia was invited by the DSS over a claim he made that a governor from northern Nigeria is one of the commanders of Boko Haram. 

The former CBN chief made the claim while being interviewed by a popular radio station on Monday, August 10. 

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