Trust TV is fined N5 million by NBC for exposing Bandits

Trust TV is fined N5 million by NBC for exposing Bandits
Trust TV is fined N5 million by NBC for exposing Bandits

Trust Television Network (Trust TV) was fined N5 million by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for airing the documentary “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story” on March 5, 2022.

An August 3, 2022 letter from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to Trust TV issued by its Director General, Balarabe Shehu Illela, stated that the punishment was imposed because Trust TV’s airing of the aforementioned documentary violated portions of the NBC’s Broadcasting Code.

We are currently evaluating our options while we study the Commission’s action and weigh our options, but we would like to state unequivocally that our television station believes it was doing its job in the public interest by shining a light on this troubling issue of banditry and how it affects many people here in the United States.”

As the war in Nigeria continues to escalate, the documentary examines how the country’s underlying tensions and weaknesses led to it. It sheds light on the ways in which injustice, ethnicity, and poor governance all play a role in fueling the war. Experts and major stakeholders, such as the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, who hails from one of the worst-hit areas in Zamfara State, are also included in this effort to find solutions.

Professor Abubakar Saddique of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and Dr. Murtala Ahmed Rufai of Usmanu Danfodio University in Sokoto are among the other specialists included in the documentary, according to the announcement. They’ve both studied banditry for a long time. The film also featured the harrowing testimonies of banditry victims.

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