Opposition party behind vandalisation of Kogi radio – Govt alleges

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By John Akinfehinwa

The Kogi State Government has accused opposition parties in the state of vandalising the booster station of the State Broadcasting Corporation in Ochaja.

The government, however, failed to mention the specific political parties behind the attack on the booster station.

DAILY POST recalls that in June 2023, suspected hoodlums invaded the state-owned radio station in Ochaja, Kogi East, carted away things, and also destroyed broadcasting equipment.

The Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, described the act as senseless and politics taken too far.

He spoke on Monday during a sensitisation programme organised by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to educate broadcast stations in the state about their roles in ensuring free, fair, and credible elections.

While calling on the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to bring to book the perpetrators of this outrageous act, the commissioner noted that the government will continue to partner with media organisations for good governance.

He reiterated that the Kogi State Government will support NBC in ensuring that broadcast stations adhere to the regulations aimed at ensuring a credible poll in the state.

Earlier, the Director General of NBC, Balarabe Shehu Ilela, represented by the Director of Broadcast Monitoring at NBC, Mrs Francesca Aiyetan, noted that the commission will not relent in ensuring that broadcast stations work according to the rule to uphold the unity and interests of Nigeria as a nation.

While frowning at ethnic and religious profiling, Ilela noted that NBC will always stand up to defend the ethics of the broadcast profession.

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