Channels television suspended for interviewing an IPOB leader
Channels Television has been suspended by the National Broadcasting Commission with a N5 million fine for breaching the broadcast code by interviewing a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Vanguard reports that 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 referred to Channels 7 pm live broadcast programme of Sunday, 25th April 2021, in which it accused the TV station of allowing a leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, 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 being proscribed by a court of law.
This came after IPOB secretary, Emmanuel Powerful appeared on channels television Sunday politics where he disclosed that the group has elected a new commander following the death of the previous commander in a raid by the Nigerian security forces on Saturday.