NBC directive’s vague; without freedom media becomes PR — Mustapha Isa, Guild of Editors’ President
President, Nigeria Guild of Editors, NGE Mustapha Isa, has said the directive from the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, censoring report and review of terrorist attacks and victims across the country was vague.
Isah added that editors and security agencies have mutual interests, noting that too much would have been better explained in a confidential meeting.
The NGE President said this on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Monday morning.
Speaking further, Isah said the media report events and do not create the stories.
NBC, in a letter dated July 7, by the Director, Broadcast Monitoring, Francis Aiyetan, on behalf of the Director-General, asked stations to stop “glamourising the activities of insurgents, terrorists, kidnappers, bandits.”
She added that giving details of either the security issues or victims of security challenges will jeopardise the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers and other security agents.
Forgive Nnamdi Kanu, facilitate his release, Ohanaeze tells S-East govs
South-East governors have been advised to stop the blame game, accusations and counter-accusations and forgive Nnamdi Kanu’s excesses
The pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide who gave the advice urged South-East Governors to consider what it described as the ‘bigger picture of the consequences’ which the incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu would bring to Eastern Nigeria as soon as his retrial begins on 26th July 2021.
Ohanaeze urged the Governors to explore their cordial relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate the release of the detained IPOB leader, stressing that such would bring total peace to the South-East zone.
The Chidi Ibeh led Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement, said it could no longer afford to stop Kanu’s supporters from hitting the streets in protest against the continued detention of their leader.
Eid Kabir: COAS charges soldiers to remain apolitical; orders provision of Hilux Jeeps, Special Accommodation for RSMs
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Farouk Yahaya has charged officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to remain apolitical and continue to discharge their duties professionally in the defence of the Fatherland and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Speaking in a Goodwill message ahead of the Eid-El Kabir celebrations on Tuesday, Lieutenant General Yahaya vowed to reward excellence and achievements by troops in the Discharge of their Duties, adding that indiscipline, indolence, negligence and all untoward acts will not be condoled in the service
On issues of motivation for troops, Yahaya said he approved the issue of Hilux vehicles as official cars to Regimental Sergeant Majors, RSM beginning with AHQ and AHQ Gar RSMs, and this will cascade down the ladder to the battalion RSMs in due course.
He also authorised the construction of befitting tied down accommodation for RSMs and renovation of such existing structures.
Eid-El-Kabir: IGP Assures Nigerians Of Sustained Efforts At Improving Security
In a similar development, The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has assured the nation of sustained efforts by the Force in fighting crimes and criminality and improving public safety and security across the country.
His assurance on Sunday was contained in a communique titled, ‘Eid-el-Kabir: IGP assures sustained efforts at improving public safety and security, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
In his statement, the IGP charged Commissioners of Police (CPs) in all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), to beef-up security ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, to prevent any untoward situation in their Areas of Responsibility (AoR) throughout the Eid-el-Kabir season and beyond.
The IGP equally warned that personnel deployed must be professional and mindful of the fundamental rights of the citizens, and discharge their responsibilities with all sense of decorum and alertness.
Social Media Misinformation On COVID-19 ‘Killing People’ Says Biden
United States President President Joe Biden said on Friday that social media misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccinations is killing people and the White House said Facebook needs to clean up its act.
The White House is turning up the pressure on social media companies to weed out what officials say is widely spread misinformation on coronavirus vaccinations.
According to US health officials, a current spike in Covid-19 deaths and illnesses around the country is almost exclusively hitting people who remain unvaccinated.
NPFL 21: Kano Pillars, Nasarawa Utd Win To Reduce Akwa Utd’s Lead
Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United have intensified their chase for the Nigeria Professional Football League top position with vital victories on matchday 33.
The result also reduced Akwa United’s lead at the top of the table to just three points.
At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, Pillars captain, Rabiu Ali scored his 13th goal of the season as Sai Masu Gida cruised to a 2-0 win over Dakkada FC. The hosts did all the work in first half with David Ebuka scoring the second goal in the 40th minute to ensure Pillars improve their points and stay third on the league table. This is the 17th win of the season for Pillars and the 15th loss for Dakkada.
At the Lafia Township Stadium, in-form striker, Silas Nwankwo scored his 14th goal of the season and it was all Nasarawa United needed to beat MFM FC 1-0. Nwankwo’s early goal secured the Solid Miners 18th win of the season and maintained their second position on the log.
In Port Harcourt, Rivers United almost recorded their first home defeat. With just 3 minutes to the end of the match, Bakary Bamba scored a stunning goal to rescue a point for the Pride of Rivers against Akwa United. Earlier, Charles Atshimene had shot the Promise Keepers into the lead and they held on to it until Bamba created his moment to keep the home invincibility record of the hosts.
With just 5 more games to play, Coach Kennedy Boboye’s team will cherish the point as they prepare to host Warri Wolves on matchday 34. Akwa United still leads the league with 3 points and still favourites to win the league title. Rivers United have dropped to fourth position on the log.