August 12, 2022

Bandits: FG will sanction BBC, Trust TV – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government of Nigeria says it will sanction the BBC and Trust TV, a television owned by Media Trust Group, over their stories on bandits in the northern region of the country.

In separate documentaries, BBC Africa Eye and Trust TV recently exposed the activities of terrorists making life difficult for Nigerians.

However, speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the documentaries promoted terrorism in Nigeria.

According to Mohammed, the appropriate regulatory body was already looking at the infractions and appropriate sanctions would be meted out to both platforms.

He said, “There is a regulatory body regulating broadcasting which is the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and they are also aware of these two incidents.

“They are looking at which part of the Broadcasting Code that has been violated by the BBC and Trust TV. Media is the oxygen that terrorists and bandits use to breathe.

“When otherwise reputable platforms like BBC can give their platform to terrorists showing their faces as if they are Nollywood stars, it is unfortunate.

“I want to assure them that they will not get away with it, appropriate sanctions will be meted to both the BBC and the Trust Tv.”

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