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NBC Fines Trust TV N5m For Exposing Bandits

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has imposed a fine of N5 million on Trust Television Network (Trust TV) over the broadcast of the documentary titled “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story”, which was aired by the station on the 5 March, 2022.

The fine was levied on Trust TV because it violated several provisions of the National Broadcasting Code, according to a letter from the NBC to our firm dated August 3, 2022 and signed by its Director General, Balarabe Shehu Illela.

The management of Media Trust Group issued the following statement: "As a television station, we believe we were acting in the public interest by shedding light on the contentious issue of banditry and how it is affecting millions of citizens of our country. We are currently studying the Commission's action and weighing our options.

"The documentary explores the underlying causes of the intercommunal strife and structural deficiencies that resulted in the armed conflict that is preparing Nigeria for yet another major humanitarian crisis. It offers insights into how injustice, ethnicity, and poor governance interact to fuel violence. Additionally, it brings together the opinions of specialists and significant players in the search for solutions, including those of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, a member of one of Zamfara State hardest-hit areas.

Professor Abubakar Saddique of the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and Dr. Murtala Ahmed Rufai of the Usmanu Danfodio University in Sokoto, who have both extensively researched the topic of banditry, are two more specialists that appeared in the documentary.

The gruesome tales of banditry victims were also highlighted by the documentary. According to dailytust report.

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