Biafra Television Broadcasting Illegally, But We Cannot Stop It
The Director-General National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, has alleged that Biafra Television, a media station owned by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is presently using Nigeria’s airwaves for illegal transmission of its programmes.
He made this known while addressing reporters at an interactive session in Ilorin, Kwara State, adding that efforts by his organisation to identify the actual location of the media house were yet to yield positive results.
Kawu further disclosed that relevant security agencies had already been informed about the development.
The director-general also said the Boko Haram insurgent group had started radio transmission through a station located between Nigerian and Cameroonian borders.
But while security agencies have been able to stop the Boko Haram-owned station from transmitting, the NBC and other relevant bodies have not yet been able to block Biafra Television.
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This, he explained, was due to the international transmission system which the station is using.
He went ahead to issue a warning against revolutionary transmission, saying such unlawful act could pose a threat to the unity of Nigeria.
“Last week, I was in the office of the inspector-general of police and they had a TV screen and what was being broadcast was on Biafra Television; they were saying some of the most outlandish things, showing videos from the 1960 s and abusing everyone,” he said.
“Now, this is happening and they were asking us (NBC) because our duty is to monitor and regulate such but the television is coming from outside of Nigeria.
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“Our engineers have been making contacts with the international satellite organisation that does broadcast to Africa about the fact that you cannot allow subversive broadcast into Nigeria from other parts of the world.
“The Biafra Television in the south-east, we have been tracking the station. The broadcast is coming from outside Nigeria. We have been asking questions from international satellite test systems where they are coming from. That is how it is for now.
“Last June, Boko Haram was starting a new radio station, I think on 91.00 megahertz on the FM band from the border between Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon and so it was our duty to inform security organisations what was happening so they could take it up and which they did eventually.”
Mr. Kawu further revealed that the National Broadcasting Commission is currently owed about N3bn and that stations yet to pay their fees risk getting shut down.