Stella Dimoko NBC Reportedly Moves To Sanction Radio Station Over Mailafia Interview


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Thursday, August 13, 2020

NBC Reportedly Moves To Sanction Radio Station Over Mailafia Interview

The National Broadcasting Commission has begun moves to penalise a radio station, Nigeria Info, over a recent comment made by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailaifa.

It was gathered that the NBC could term Mailaifa’s statement as hate speech and sanction the station.
The Commission recently unveiled its Reviewed Broadcasting Code in Lagos and raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to 5 million naira.

Mailaifa was interviewed on a Monday during one of the station’s programmes, Morning CrossFire. He had talked on the killings in Southern Kaduna, one of the parts of the North-West region worst hit by banditry.
The interviewer had asked Mailaifa if the government was unwilling to protect the people of Southern Kaduna, to which he replied that some residents believed the government was sponsoring the killers.

The former Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress said, “Some of us also have our intelligence networks. I have met with some of the bandits; we have met with some of their high commanders – one or two who have repented – they have sat down with us not once, not twice.

“They told us that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram and the bandits are one and the same. They have a sophisticated network. During this lockdown their planes were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.

“They were moving ammunition, moving money, and distributing them across different parts of the country.”
Mailafia said Boko Haram had already infiltrated Southern Nigeria, adding that their plan was to spark a second civil war.

He was later invited by the Department of State Services after the interview.
A source told our reporter that the DSS allegedly prompted the NBC to sanction the station.
The Zonal Coordinator of the NBC, Chibuike Ogwumike, said the station breached the NBC code of conduct.

But he declined comments on the type of sanction to be meted out on the station, saying only the director-general of the commission could talk about it.
However, our reporter obtained a letter signed by Ogwumike and addressed to broadcast stations, saying the NBC monitoring team had recently observed a breach of its code.

The NBC said it expected broadcasters to show professionalism in the handling of programmes, saying, “The recourse to abusing, denigrating and insulting the President, Governors, MPs and other leaders does not show us as cultured people.”

Though the letter was dated August 3, some of the stations reportedly received it between Tuesday and Wednesday, this week.


  1. These people in positions of power, and using this power to intimidate and shut people up.

    Memo: Nothing last forever....

    1. At least Military Era people like the late Fela could still sing all those songs..A few people could talk but these one want to gag everyone..Nigeria Nigeria Oriegwu!

  2. Live sexual scenes were shown on a sanction. But no lies were told...sanction, shut down, destroy the station.

    This Hausa Govt wants to ensure we can do nothing. Imagine the RG of CAC ...ordinary RG listing the names of lawyers who protested against his selfish, nepotic policies and banned them for life cos they are a "threat"

    Nigerians rise up o...all its gonna be bloody

    1. Lawyers in this country no dey try. Even una body NBA, na only to dey 'kolobi' money dem know.

      In a sane country, people are scared of lawyers trouble, but what do we have here.. too much talk, no action.. na the SANs sef dey make me laff pass.. they're all a disappointment..

      Talking about CAC, I came there, is think last year ending or January to run some stuff, it was a Friday, I was directed to the third floor, just as I was about to enter the office I was directed to, I saw everyone coming out, saying the staff are going for prayers and everyone should go and come back later.

      Really? I approach one of the staff, to be sure of the information I just heard, she confirmed it. Na so I change am for them immediately.- How can you be closing an office during working hours for prayers? Is Nigeria a Muslim country or a secular state? How can all the staff in this office, over 3 staffs all be going to prayers? So you are telling me there are no Christian employed in this office or CAC now only employ Muslims?- to which she replied I should take up the matter with the RG, but as they see as I dey para, she stayed back and attended to me before leaving.

      Like I don't have other important things to do now. I should go and come back Fire.. Nonsense talk.

      To imagine the "so called Lawyers" were actually leaving to come back without putting any defense was even more embarrassing.

      Make una sit up. Hopefully, this una new NBA president would serve you guys better.


    2. Dante you know this! But in a way I am not surprised? Are you not marveled at the conspiracy of silence from even people that would have raising their voices..My dear Nigeria is an illusion..

  3. Just because the man said the truth which didn't favour them, It is now hate speech. What business does NBC have radio stations doing normal interview.. Nonsense and Cameroon pepper

    1. I think they wanted him to romanticize the problem and say everything is going well..

  4. 🤦🤦. How is that hate speech. He only said what he told by the bandits.

  5. So ,this what the hate speech is all about,!!!!

    Did they forget will in democracy not military region.

    They don't want the truth to be aired.

    Una Nugo!!!!! They said we should all go back and continue watching Telemudio while they run an AUTOMATIC GOVERNMENT.

    1. Lolzzz You are still in Military now..Na Generals wey dey wear Agbada now..Nothing changed

  6. Goodluck Jonathan,I think some people owe you so much apologies.

  7. This is serious o. So them mean that saying the TRUTH is hate speech? We should all stand to fight for our country.

  8. So, to ask question during an interview is now hate speech in the God forsaken country?

    Lord, just end this world and let everyone departs from here!

  9. for speaking out the truth, we
    have a long way to go.its can never
    get better

  10. Didn't I say is yesterday, that DSS grilling is nothing but
    intimidating him to recant.
    They will soon cook up corruption allegations against him
    while in CBN. 😏😏😏😏😏😏😏

  11. Omg the freedom of speech is dead in this country don't believe otherwise.


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