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PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Islie: 8:28am On Sep 12
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the National Broadcasting Commission over the 6th National Broadcast Code recently released by the National Broadcasting Commission.

Chairman of the PDP caucus, Mr Kingsley Chinda, told Saturday PUNCH on Thursday that the lawmakers would also sue the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Sen Chris Ngige; Minister of State, Festus Keyamo, SAN; and the National Directorate of Employment over the recruitment of 774,000 for the Federal Government’s Public Works Scheme.

Chinda said, “We cautioned that we shall litigate on the amended code released by the Ministry of Information and the 774,000 jobs by Labour (ministry). We are going ahead to litigate on both the amended code and the 774 jobs, unless the amended code and the programme are stepped down or rejigged in line with the law and the right thing done. We have filed the suit against the Ministry of Information.”

Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, in a statement on July 7, condemned the new broadcasting code, saying it amounted to a declaration of war on arts producers by the Federal Government.

The PDP also on August 7, 2020, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, faulted the reviewed code especially where violators are liable to a fine of N5m as against the previous fine of N500,000.

A former Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority Tonnie Iredia, who is also a professor of Broadcast Management and Media Law, had in an interview with PUNCH published on August 23, 2020, condemned the new code as politicised and lacking the input of professional bodies and stakeholders.

Mohammed had, however, insisted that the sixth edition of code was part of ongoing reforms in the sector, which he said was in the best interest of the country.

At the NBC’s 28th anniversary and sixth annual lecture in Abuja, the minister said government’s expectation was that the ongoing reforms, including the amendment of the code, would revolutionise the nation’s broadcasting industry.

Mohammed noted that the Buhari-led Federal Executive Council supported the amendments after a review of the 2019 general elections.

But the PDP caucus dragged Malami, Mohammed and the NBC before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to void the code.

The originating summons, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent on Thursday, showed that the plaintiffs – Chinda; Deputy Caucus Leader, Chukwuma Onyema; Caucus Deputy Whip, Ajibola Muraina; and Messrs Mark Gbillah, Tyough Robert, Bulus Solomon, Rimamnde Shawulu Kwewum, Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen and Onyema Chukwuka – filed the suit in their individual capacities and as representatives of the caucus.

The suit, with number FHC/ABJ/CS/1136/2020, was filed on September 9, 2020. One Francis U. Obalim deposed to a 15-paragraph affidavit and a written address on behalf of the lawmakers.

The lawmakers, through their lawyers, Segun M. Fiki and Barrister Johnmary Chukwuasi Jideobi of Johnmarry C. Jideobi and Co., in their written address, argued that the amended 6th National Broadcasting Code enacted/issued by the 1st defendant (Mohammed) is in “flagrant breach of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), particularly as it seeks to surreptitiously and unlawfully create the offences of ‘hate speech’ and ‘fake news’ and to prescribe penalties therefore, whereas the said offences are not prescribed by any written law in force, as well as sundry provisions of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act Cap N11. LFN 2004.”

They asked the court to determine whether, by the provisions of Section 36 (12) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the amended 6th broadcasting code enacted/issued by the 1st defendant (Mohammed), which created the purported offences of “hate speech” and “fake news” and correspondingly purported to have imposed penalties, is not unconstitutional, null and void.

The lawmakers further asked the court to determine whether or not, having regard to the extant provisions of Sections 6 and 23 of the National Broadcasting Commission Act Cap. N11 LFN 2004, the 1st defendant has the statutory power to issue broadcasting code and whether the 6th Nigerian Broadcasting Code purportedly issued is not a nullity and therefore void.


PUNCH

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Bluntguy: 8:34am On Sep 12
It seems there is no government in Nigeria anymore.

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by yoruba1914: 8:49am On Sep 12
Nigeria has failed thanks to buhari.

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Xstremebj: 8:54am On Sep 12
Nothing is alright anymore

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Jayug(m): 8:54am On Sep 12
hahahaha. I'm tied of complaining
Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by yomi96(m): 8:54am On Sep 12
is this democracy or crazydemo. the quota system general and the alimajiri agf wants to finish us. this government is a plague

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Trabelsi10(m): 8:55am On Sep 12
May God help us
Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by azmanaty02: 8:55am On Sep 12
God will punish APC and all their evil supporters

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by nicho450(m): 8:56am On Sep 12
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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by abkrgumel(m): 8:56am On Sep 12
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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by googlepikins: 8:56am On Sep 12
APC Fulanis are trying to destroy the entertainment industry . Now Nigerian film and Nigerian music is under attack. All they want to do is to favour NTA and their Chinese fraudsters

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by jericco1(m): 8:56am On Sep 12
Those two? Tah! Forget it, nothing will come out of it
Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by anonimi: 8:56am On Sep 12
azmanaty02:
God will punish APC and all their evil supporters

Seconded






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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by tempex88(m): 8:56am On Sep 12
Brilliant

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by salbis(m): 8:57am On Sep 12
Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, in a statement on July 7, condemned the new broadcasting code, saying it amounted to a declaration of war on arts producers by the Federal Government.......... This man still dey? His brain is on hibernating mode. grin grin grin

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Perfecttouchade: 8:58am On Sep 12
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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Queenlovely(f): 8:58am On Sep 12
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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by SouthNigerian: 9:00am On Sep 12
azmanaty02:
God will punish APC and all their evil supporters

Same curses we've been saying since 1914, nothing changed.

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by YorubaKinging: 9:00am On Sep 12
The end is near
The end is very near

The devil is on a rampage

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by IJOBA2: 9:00am On Sep 12
Jayug:
hahahaha. I'm tied of complaining
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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by anixious: 9:01am On Sep 12
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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by LandMann: 9:02am On Sep 12
PDP's penchant for always doing everything to promote corruption, hatred and division along religious and ethnic lines is quite repulsive.

They have the resources to fight a code seeking to penalize hate speech and fake news so as to weaken governance in Nigeria, and so that they can continue spreading all manner of fake news and hate speech through all the channels they have, but they can't devote same resources to pushing for a law that prescribes death penalty or life imprisonment with no option of pardon for public officials found guilty of corruption.

They keep reminding Nigerians daily of how corrupt APC is but they will never take a decisive step to end the corruption... They are mostly only interested in sewing hatred in the minds of Nigerians against the other party so that they can get the opportunity to grab power and continue the looting from where APC stopped.

Meanwhile, APC as a party has become all talk and no action. Buhari is supposed to be championing the fight against corruption head on because that's the only legacy he can leave behind, as he's already old and will soon join his ancestors... this he can do by asking the AGF to forward a bill to the national assembly seeking to strengthen the law and effect MAXIMUM punishment on public officials found guilty of corruption.

Unfortunately, he is either too docile, or surrounded by too many looters who will rather see Nigeria die a slow and painful death through their reckless looting than witness any meaningful progress in this geographical space.

APC needs to stop playing to the gallery... We see beyond the facade and fake fight against corruption.

PDP should equally up their game and tactics of opposition politics... They will continue to remain the second choice for majority of Nigerian voters if they continue this their nonsensical politics of looting and aiding corruption.

A society where corruption thrives can never witness any meaningful progress.

Thank you

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by 4four(m): 9:02am On Sep 12
Bluntguy:
It seems there is no government in Nigeria anymore.
do you think una have government b4? Or you think b.oohari na human being?

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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by AmazingELixir: 9:03am On Sep 12
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Re: PDP Reps Sue Malami, Mohammed, NBC Over New Broadcasting Code by Ogonimilitant(m): 9:05am On Sep 12
grin Nigeria is dead
Judiciary is dead
CJN is an illiterate Fulani jihadists
Case dead on arrival

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