NBC DG, Mallam Balarebe Ilela
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has sanctioned 25 broadcast stations for violating the provisions of the broadcasting code and the Electoral Act.
The Director General of the NBC, Mallam Balarebe Ilela stated this while addressing Journalists in Abuja on the outcome of its monitoring exercise before, during and after the Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
Mallam Ilela said the affected stations, despite being aware of the provisions of the NBC Code and Electoral Act, deliberately dished out partisan contents 24-hours before the elections and also announced elections results before INEC’s official announcement.
The NBC Director General maintained that additional 16 broadcast stations were given warning and urged them to be more professional as the Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections approaches.
Mallam Ilela noted that with barely three days to the Governorship elections, Broadcast stations must realize that there could be no platforms to broadcast contents if the country disintegrates as a result of unguarded utterances from their platforms.
Malam Ilela urged the media to guard the nation’s diversity and embrace its strength by using their vibrant platforms to deliberately promote peace.
The NBC Director General warned that the Commission would not hesitate to sanction any erring broadcast station that violates the NBC Code before, during and after the Governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
Reporting by Seyi Ajibade, editing by Daniel Adejo