The Federal Government has suspended Channels Television and slammed on it a fine of N5 million.
The fines were announced on Monday by broadcast media regulator Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over the station’s airing of a spokesman for separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on April 25. 2021.
In a letter to the Managing Director of Channels Television signed by the Acting Director-General of the Commission, NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the Commission accused the TV station of allowing a leader of IPOB to make secessionist and inciting declarations on air without caution or reprimand by the station contrary to the broadcast code.
It also accused the station of allowing the guest speaker to make derogatory, false and misleading statements about the Nigerian army, despite IPOB being proscribed by a court of law.