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House Of Representatives Caucus Tackles Buhari Regime Over Harassment Of Channels TV’s Presenters




The Home of Representatives Minority Caucus has described the alleged harassment of Channels Tv and its employees as a poisonous push in opposition to press freedom and residents’ rights.

The Nigerian Broadcasting Fee had issued a discover of infraction in opposition to the administration of Channels Tv over an interview granted by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, on its information and present affairs programme, Dawn Every day.

The 2 presenters are Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu, the anchors of the programme.

Reacting to the event, the Minority Caucus within the Home of Representatives in a press release by its Chief, Ndudi Elumelu, condemned the motion of the NBC.

The lawmakers frowned on the rising clampdown on the media and the dearth of neutrality on the a part of the regulatory company.

“The Minority caucus frowns on the rising clampdown on the media in addition to the dearth of professionalism and neutrality on the a part of the regulatory company below the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Authorities.

“As lawmakers, we maintain that reasonably than attempt to muffle the media, the printed regulator ought to have directed the tv station to avail the Federal Authorities the chance to refute, with info, the statements of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State throughout the Dawn Every day programme, which it thought of important or misrepresentation of the federal government.

“The commandeering of Channels Tv presenters to NBC’s headquarters in Abuja, the question of tv outfit, and the unrelenting intimidation of unbiased broadcast media outfits by the NBC is most inauspicious.

“Part 14 (2) (b) of the 1999 Structure could be very clear that the safety of lives and property is the first objective of presidency. The identical Structure additionally vests all the safety companies and legit devices of coercion solely within the Federal Authorities.

“Subsequently, when felony cartels freely prowl and plunder the residents, with the Federal Authorities exhibiting manifest failure to step as much as discharge its constitutional obligations, why ought to any affordable authorities attempt to muffle the media of their constitutional function within the collective effort to salvage the state of affairs, together with the carnage happening in Benue State?

“The Minority caucus factors the Federal Authorities to the decision by the Governor of Mr. President’s house state, Hon. Bello Masari, on individuals of Katsina State to defend themselves, and wonders how such is completely different from the try by Governor Ortom to carry the Federal Authorities to account on the failure to examine the killings in his state. Each confirms the whole breakdown of safety within the land.

“Our caucus insists that when bloody bandits and terrorists discover their methods into an elite navy coaching establishment just like the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), it presupposes nothing else however a brutal violation of our sovereignty and an unedited collapse of presidency and safety.

“In that regard, the Federal Authorities ought to take steps to reassure the individuals reasonably than attempting to muffle info. As consultant of the individuals, the Minority caucus reminds the NBC the necessity to stick with professionalism and patriotism within the discharge of duties, urges the Federal Authorities to desist from participating in actions that give the residents the impression that it’s at all times attempting to cowl up info.

“The NBC mustn’t promote the suppression of the reality. It ought to keep in mind that there can’t be any NBC with out a Nigeria. It is usually excessive time the NBC eschews partisanship and likewise perceive that regulation doesn’t presuppose the suppression of reality, however the promotion of it.”

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