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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Balarabe Shehu Ilelah as the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, made the announcement in a statement on Friday. The appointment of Ilelah, a veteran broadcaster, is for a tenure of five years in the first instance. Ilelah takes over from the Acting DG, Armstrong Idachaba, whose stint saw the sanction of media houses at different times. Under Idachaba, the NBC slammed a...

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KANO — “The 2021 Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Biennial Convention, with the theme “The Media in COVID-19 Era: Challenges and Opportunities,” was held in Kano. Speaking at the event Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the event was an opportunity to look into national development as it relates to media practice. “If and only if we as a nation are interested in peace and harmony, we must reject hate propaganda machinery. In the main, this is a...

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OWERRI — The Imo council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has demanded full investigation into Monday’s arrest of newspaper vendors and distributors in Owerri by security operatives. The council’s request is contained in a statement in Owerri, co-signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Chris Akaronye and Juliet Dim. It decried the “gestapo” manner the arrest was carried out, allegedly by the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of Police. It stated that its...

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Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) has called on governments in Africa to ensure press freedom in their countries even as it calls on media professionals to use information as a tool for nation-building. A statement by the foundation Communications Officer, Dickson Ominabo, to commemorate the 2021 World Press Freedom Day quoted Executive Director of the Foundation, Ann Iyonu, as saying this year’s theme: ‘Information as a Public Good,’ is a call to action on the shared responsibilities...

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LAGOS — The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has opposed the suspension of Channels Television by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). NBC suspended Channels with an N5 million fine on Monday over an interview the station conducted with the spokesperson of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Emma Powerful. The commission accused the station of allowing the guest speaker to make derogatory and false statements about the Nigeria Army and also incite secessionist declaration...

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To ensure reliable and accurate information about Kogi state is disseminated, the State Governor, Yahaya Bello has inaugurated the Kogi State Council of Information, saying Kogi State was the first state in the federation to domesticate the information council at the state level. Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Folashade Ayoade, the governor urged the Council to project Kogi in the right way as information officers in the state through the dissemination...

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The Council Chairman of Kurmi Local Government in Taraba Mr. John Joseph Amamzalla has on Sunday in Jalingo threatened to deal with any reporter who investigates him over his alleged involvement with the EFCC and his local council. The council boss was dragged before a Taraba High Court presided by Justice F. Agya over a six count charge since July 2020 over allegations of conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, and forgery. Amamzalla who is the...

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Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has dismissed his media aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakasa for calling out the failure of the Buhari-led administration. The state commissioner of information, Mohammed Garba announced this development in a statement made public on Saturday. Following the abduction of 317 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Jangebe, Zamfara state, Tanko-Yakasa in a tweet via his Twitter handle pointed the failure of the ruling party in ensuring peace and security of the citizens....

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has relieved his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, of his appointment. The commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who communicated the governor’s directive through a statement on Saturday, said the dismissal is based on Yakasai’s “continued unguarded comments and utterances which are deemed contrary to the stand of the All Progressive Congress (APC) government which he is serving.” He said the sack is with immediate effect. “Yakasai...

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By Hassan Umar Shallpella, Senior Staff Reporter ______ YOLA — The remains of Ibrahim Abdul’aziz, a veteran Journalist who died in a ghastly motor accident on Friday 5th, February 2020 along Gombe- Bauchi road was buried at the Muslims cemetery Yola town, Adamawa state Northeast Nigeria after funeral prayer was conducted at his family residence along with Abuja road Yola town. The funeral prayer was attended by family members, colleagues in the pen profession, and...

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