The Federal Government (FG), says it will sanction the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Trust TV because of their documentaries on terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
This is coming few days after the chairman of terrorists was interviewed by BBC, which he disclosed the major reason for insecurity in the country, noting that it was because of government.
Wakadaily gathered that the BBC Africa Eye on Monday, provided insight into the mindset of bandit kingpins, the booming kidnap-for-ransom industry, and how Zamfara’s insecurity may have been brought on by the ethnic conflict between Hausa and Fulani groups.
Also on March, Daily Trust TV, published a report and documentary which exposed major issues around banditry in Nigeria. Non-state actors like Bello Turji were interviewed in the documentary.
Reacting to the reports, The Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammad, disclosed in an interview in Abuja on Thursday, that the Federal Government (FG) is aware of the unprofessional documentary by the BBC, Africa Eye, where interviews were granted to bandit warlords and terror gangs, thereby promoting terror in the country.
The minister said, “All I can say is that there is a regulatory body, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and they are also aware of these incidents and are looking at which part of the broadcasting codes have been violated by both the BBC and the Daily Trust.
“I have said it many times here that the media is the oxygen that the terrorists and bandits need to breathe.
“When other reputable platforms like BBC now give their platform to terrorists, showing their faces as if they are Nollywood stars, what does that means? I want to assure them they won’t get away with it. There are sanctions to be meted on both the BBC and the Daily Trust.
“If they are not registered in Nigeria and they are only sending their signals to Nigeria, we will ask them to stop sending the signals.
Lai Mohammad further said, “let me assure you that they will not get away with the naked glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.”