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NBC Shuts Down Ekiti Broadcast Services Over Breach Of Code

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shut down the Ekiti Broadcast Service for breaching provisions of the Broadcasting Code.

The NBC accused Ekiti Broadcast Service of unauthorised declaration of election results by the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, through the state owned channels.
According to the NBC, the Ekiti Broadcast Service breached the Electoral Act and Broadcasting Code by allowing the Governor to announce results in favour of his deputy and candidate of the PDP, Kolapo Olusola, and declare him the winner of the governorship election in the state.

The NBC also accused the governor of using the broadcast service to make malicious and unsubstantiated comments against the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), the police and the Department of State Services.

The Ekiti Broadcast Service is to remain shut until further notice, says NBC.

Ahead of the governorship elections, the NBC had called on broadcasters in the country to adhere to the ethics of election coverage.

The commission had also used its social media platforms to remind broadcasters of the shun bias and to ensure that in using political material for news, they avoid “taking inflamatory and divisive matter in its provocative form”.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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