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Media Chiefs Dare NBC Over Directive To Stop Revealing Details Of Terrorist Attacks

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Media Chiefs Dare NBC Over Directive To Stop Revealing Details Of Terrorist Attacks

Media chiefs in the country have said they won’t be deterred by the directive of the Federal Government that the media should not divulge “details” of the activities of bandits, terrorists and kidnappers in their reports.

The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mustapha Isah; the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo; and the Executive Director, Centre for Media Law and Advocacy (CMLA), Richard Akinnola; made this known in separate interviews.

According to them, the media reports activities and does not create events.

They advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led cabinet to tackle the security challenges in the country and desist from its attempts to gag the media through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

The media veterans were reacting to a directive by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) that television and radio stations in Nigeria should not “glamourise the nefarious activities of insurgents” during their daily newspaper reviews.

Broadcast stations in Nigeria review newspaper headlines daily before their breakfast shows.

But the NBC, in a letter dated July 7, 2021, issued to television and radio stations, stressed the need for “caution” by broadcasters while reporting security challenges in the country.

The letter titled, ‘Newspaper Reviews And Current Affairs Programmes: A Need For Caution’, was signed by the Director, Broadcast Monitoring, Francisca Aiyetan, on behalf of the new Director-General of the Commission, Balarabe Ilelah.

A copy of the letter, partly reads, “Headlines of most newspapers on a daily basis are replete with security topics. While bringing information on security to the doorsteps of Nigerians is a necessity, there is a need for caution as too many details may have an adverse implication on the efforts of our security officials who are duty-bound to deal with the insurgency.

“The commission, therefore, enjoins broadcasters to collaborate with the government in dealing with the security challenges by;

“Not glamourising the nefarious activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits etc.

“Advising guests and/or analysts on programmes not to polarise the citizenry with divisive rhetoric, in driving home their point.

“Not giving details of either the security issues or victims of these security challenges so as not to jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents.”

Meanwhile, Global Conflict Tracker had reported that insurgents have killed nearly 350,000 innocent women, children and farmers in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, amongst other volatile places, since 2009.

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on Presidential candidates to publish details of their assets ahead of campaigns.

The advocacy agency disclosed this in a statement, also advising candidates to shun vote-buying.

“Ahead of the start of campaigns on 28 Sept, we’re again calling on Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso, to immediately publish details of their assets, publicly reject vote-buying, and commit to the rule of law, if elected,” SERAP wrote.

Recall, in July, the flagbearer of the African Action Congress, (AAC), Omoyele Sowore had earlier declared his asset.

READ ALSO: Afenifere Explains Why It’s Backing Peter Obi For President

In his declaration, a Toyota Camry & Lexus RX 350, a N5 million home in his village, three iPhones, a Galaxy Note 10 Lite, SaharaReporters Media Group, and a four-bedroom bungalow in New Jersey, were listed as his assets, cash exclusive.

He became the first Presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections to declare his asset.

Also, in related matters, SERAP has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over $23 million recovered Sani Abacha’s loot.

The advocacy organization disclosed this in a statement, also charging the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, stating that the Federal Government failed to publish details of the agreement signed with the United States over the repatriated funds.

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Read How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu’s Campaign List

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How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu's Campaign List

Chimaroke Nnamani, a senator under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party’s inclusion on the rival’s party campaign list, has been said to be intentional.

Recall, on Friday, September 23, 2022, the All Progressives Congress (APC), released a 422-member list of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

The list which had the exclusion of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, got everyone talking as Nnamani, who is a loyalist to Abubakar Atiku, was selected.

READ ALSO: See The Full List Of Tinubu’s Presidential Campaign Council

Clearing the air on the issue, the director of media and publicity, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, revealed in a statement that the inclusion of the Senator was not an error.

“The PCC will also want to make it clear that the inclusion of the name of HE Chimaroke Nnamani, a renowned senator from Enugu State, was not an error.

“As a supporter of our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he is listed on the list in his own right. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is close with distinguished senator Chimaroke Nnamani, who is still abroad in the United States.

“Although he might not be on the field with them as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate, his presence suggested that he may have chosen to give his longtime friend and brother “moral support.”

“In any case, the PCC cannot dictate how much Senator Nnamani will support his friend and brother,” The statement read.

Onanuga added that the party is proud to be associated with Nnnamani, but any explanation of his status should come from the other party, not from APC.

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

Few months before the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Kwara State Command has released guidelines for the commencement of campaigns.

Disclosing this via an announcement during a meeting, in the State’s capital, Ilorin, Malam Garba Attahiru, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) represented by the INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr. Julius Yagba revealed that 14 activities had been successfully implemented, and the 14th is the publication of the final list of nominated candidates by INEC on September 20, 2022.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: Buhari Warns Foreign Observers

“Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the commission expects the political campaigns to be civil, devoid of abusive language, and without any rancor. Section 92 of the Electoral Act 2022, forbids any political campaign or slogan tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly or one likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal, or sectional feelings.

“Therefore abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes intended or likely to provoke violent reactions or emotion should be avoided.

“Parties and candidates are to avoid training or enlisting the services of individuals or groups, like; masquerades, for the purpose of adopting physical force or coercion in a manner likely to arouse apprehension during campaigns,” the REC said.

He said the next activity in line was the commencement of campaigns by the political parties which would begin by September 28, 2022, adding that the meeting was designed to remind all stakeholders about the responsibilities and expectations during the campaigns.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: INEC Proposes 1 Million Officials In 176,846 Polling Units

According to him, campaigns for the offices of president and national assembly will commence on September 28, and the governorship and state house of assembly will commence on October 12.

The use of armed private security organizations during campaigns or election processions is also prohibited, according to Yagba.

The REC further elaborated that any candidate or aspirant who equips any person or group to display physical force or commit an offense and is liable on conviction will be fined N500,000 or three years imprisonment.

He urged the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to monitor the campaign processes as well as ensure efficient and effective deployment of personnel for peaceful electioneering.

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