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NBC Gives 14 Days Ultimatum To Ekiti Broadcasting Station To Pay N500,000

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The NBC Threatens To Pulls More Sanctions On Ekiti Broadcasting Stations, If It Fails To Pay 500,000 Fine In Fourteen Days

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has given 14 days Ultimatum to the Ekiti Broadcasting Station to pay N500,000 fine following its announcement of Saturday Election Results in favour of a party before the legal Commission’s declaration.

The Commission has said it will impose a higher sanction on the Ekiti State Broadcasting Service (EBS) if it fails to pay the stipulated fine.

The NBC Head of Public Affairs, Mrs Maimuna Jimada, made the disclosure in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Time frame to pay up a national broadcasting fine is 14 days. If they don’t pay within that time, they will get a higher sanction, Meanwhile, the station remains closed till further notice,” she said.

According to the official, EBS on July 11 breached Sections 5.2.7 and 5.2.8 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and was reprimanded and fined N500,000 by the commission.

Section 5.2.15 states that a broadcaster shall broadcast election results or declaration of the winner only as announced by the authorised electoral officer for the election.

Section 3.1.2 of the code states that materials likely to incite or encourage commission of a crime or lead to public disorder shall not be broadcast

NAN reports that NBC also shut down the station on Sunday for infractions on the code and the Electoral Act.

The commission said on its website that it shut down the station following unauthorised declaration of Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election results by Gov. Ayodele Fayose on the station.

The commission added that Fayose made malicious and unsubstantiated claims against the Independent National Electoral Commission, the police and the Department of Security Services.

The NBC said that it had, on June 5, queried the station’s Acting Director-General, Mr Lere Olayinka, over breach of Section 5.2.18 of the code, and the query ignored.

It said that all broadcasters must adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession in conducting all programmes on their stations in respect to the code, the National Broadcasting Act, 2004, and the Electoral Act.

According to the NBC, social media is not an official source for release of election results.

It said that broadcasting stations must ensure proper gatekeeping and professionalism in all programmes transmitted on their stations, warning that the commission would impose severe sanctions for any breach of the code.

 

Source: Naija News

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The Top 10 Premier League Players Of All Time

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Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs has fought off fierce competition from other football legends to be named the best Premier League player ever.

The 46-year-old Welshman enjoyed a prolific football career and spent 24 years at Old Trafford.

And the former United winger has won 13 amazing Premier League titles, two champion leagues, four FA cups and three League cups with the Red Devils.

The Daily Mirror compiled the rankings of the top 10 Premier League players of all time and placed Giggs at the top of the stack.

According to the newspaper, the Giggs Premier League trophy harvest is “an achievement [which] deserves a place at the table of all-time football.”

The Mirror added that the legendary reputation of the Wales boss is a “legitimate reward for a player synonymous with the dominating success of Manchester United”.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of all time, finished behind Giggs in the rankings.

The Mirror said the 42-year-old Frenchman cemented his legacy as the Gunners’ best player ever after eight years at the club.

And the newspaper also suggested that Henry could arguably be considered the “best foreign import of all time to strut in the Premier League.”

The closing of the leading trio is none other than the former US superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, with The Mirror claiming that his “development into one of the greatest modern players alongside Lionel Messi has been forged in the Premier League. ”

The accomplishments and impact of the 35-year-old Juventus superstar in England “gave him legendary status for eternity at Old Trafford,” the publication said.

Below are the top 10 Premier League players from The Mirror.

10. Frank Lampard

9. Sergio Aguero

8. Wayne Rooney

7. Alan Shearer

6. Paul Scholes

Andy Cole is congratulated by Ryan Giggs (centre) and Ole Solskjaer after scoreing his third goal (Manchester United’s fourth) against Barnsley at Old Trafford today (Saturday). Photo: Rui Vieira/PA

2. Thierry Henry

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

4. Roy Keane

5. Eric Cantona

4. Roy Keane

Andy Cole is congratulated by Ryan Giggs (centre) and Ole Solskjaer after scoreing his third goal (Manchester United’s fourth) against Barnsley at Old Trafford today (Saturday). Photo: Rui Vieira/PA

2. Thierry Henry

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Breaking: Court Stops INEC From Deregistering 31 Political Parties

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from deregistering 31 political parties.

According to the report which was made known to newsmen on Monday, the presiding judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Anwuli Chikere, noted that INEC has failed to oppose the application by the applicants, the affected political parties had the legal right which must be protected.

Meanwhile, Naija News had reported a few days back, February 6 precisely, that Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deregistered 74 political parties in the country.

This was disclosed by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at a news conference in Abuja.

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JUST IN: EFCC arraigns ‘Mama Boko Haram’ Daura for N66m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, arraigned the duo of Aisha Alkali Wakil popularly known as ‘Mama Boko Haram’ and Tahiru Saidu Daura before Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a three-count charge of conspiracy and cheating to the tune of N66million.

The prosecution of the duo followed a petition written by one Ali Tijjani, CEO/managing director of AMTMAT Global Ventures against Complete Care and Aids Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), run by the defendants, wherein the petitioner alleged that, on September 7, 2018, Complete Care and Aids Foundation awarded his company a contract to supply it processed maize grain, referred to as “biski” in native language, worth N15million, which the second defendant, Wakil received on behalf of Complete Care and Aid Foundation upon delivery.

According to Tijjani, his company upon the request of the defendants equally process and funded their trip to Morocco to the tune of N51million, a cost they refused to defray.

Tahiru Saidu Daura

Count two of the charge reads: “That you Tahiru Saidu Daura, while being a programme manager of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, and Aisha Wakil, being the CEO of Complete Care and Aid Foundation on the 7th September 2018, in Maiduguri within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly induce  Ali Tijjani,  the CEO and alter ego of AMTMAT Global Ventures to deliver to you, processed maize grains (biski), valued at N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Naira) which you are yet to pay and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”

During the sitting the defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges, upon which prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammad applied for a trial date and the remand of the defendants in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Centre (NCS), pending the determination of the case.

However, counsels for the defendants, H. Waziri and B.G Zanna made oral bail applications for the defendants, on the ground of the administrative bail, earlier granted to them by the EFCC.

Justice Kumaliya granted them to bail in the sum of N30million with two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties he said, must be someone at the level of a permanent secretary in the civil service, who owns a landed property in Maiduguri GRA, and must submit the title document of the property to the registry of the court.

The judge further declared that the bail will be revoked on the failure of the defendants to attend the trial.

The judge thereby  adjourned the matter until Jan13, 2020 for the commencement of trial.

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