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NBC fines 2 stations in Ondo over alleged violation


– Two radio stations have been caught on the hook over reports on Covid-19 pandemic

– NBC said the broadcasting stations will pay a fine of N250,000 over the reports which were deemed inappropriate

– The radion stations caught for infraction include Breeze FM and Adaba FM in Akure, Ondo state

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For broadcasting reports considered to be inappropriate on Covid-19, two broadcasting stations have been sanctioned by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) – a regulatory body in Nigeria.

According to The Nation, the broadcasting stations sanctioned include Breeze FM and Adaba FM in Akure, Ondo state.

Legit.ng gathers that this brings to a total of 25 stations that NBC has sanctioned in the first quarter of 2020.

Prof Armstrong Idachaba, acting director-general of NBC, made the disclosure during a media briefing on the amendment to the broadcast code and other issues.

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Idachaba revealed that Adaba was twice sanctioned, meaning the radio house will pay N250,000 twice for the offences while Breeze FM will pay once.

Also, the DG said a new time table for the Digital Switch Over (DSO) rollout will be published immediately after the lockdown.

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In a related report, NBC has released a list of newly approved 65 radio and television stations. Some of the stations in the number were dedicated to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

This came after the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari as reported by his personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmaad.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some northern governors have come under serious heat for lifting the induced ban they earlier placed on religious gathering so as to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri.

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In states like Kano and Nasarawa, a lot of Muslims were seen in large gatherings observing the Eid prayers publicly with no regard to the rules on social distancing.

This violation of safety and precautionary directives came after the state governments relaxed the lockdown so that Muslim faithful can take part in the religious festival.

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