NBC questions Channels TV over controversial Governor Ortom interview

The National Broadcasting Commission has questioned Channels Television over the “inciting, divisive and unfair comments” made by Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on the TV’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme on Tuesday.

NBC disclosed this in a letter to the television station titled, ‘Notice of Infraction’.

The regulator’s letter was dated 24th of August, 2021, and signed by its Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah.

NBC said, “The programme which had as guest the Executive Governor of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom, was observed to contain inciting, divisive and unfair comments which were not thoroughly interrogated by the anchors.”

It said the actions allegedly negated Sections 1.10.4, 3.1.1, 3.3.1(b), 3.3.1(e), 3.11.1(a), and 3.12.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.

“Consequently, Channels Television is required to explain why appropriate sanctions should not be applied for these infractions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. Your response should reach the Commission within 24 hours of the receipt of this letter,” the NBC said.

Governor Ortom, who was a guest on the TV programme on Tuesday morning, said, “Mr President is pushing me to think that what they say about him, that he has a hidden agenda in this country is true because it is very clear that he wants to fulanise but he is not the first Fulani president.

“Shagari was a Fulani President, Yar’ Adua was a Fulani President and they were the best in the history. But President Buhari is the worst President when it comes to issues of security and keeping his promises.”

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