The Minister of Information once again has been caught in another lie. Back in August 2020, The minister of Information Lai Muhammed while featuring on a TVC live Programme, “This Morning” monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, had announced that the FG has increased the Fine of hate speach from N500k to N5M .
According to a report published by Vanguard on August 7, The minister said the increase in the fine is due to the fact that most people intentionally tries to distabilize the country and are prepared to pay the N500k.
Despite all the Video evidences, The Minister has once again Denied Making the announcement. This was made in a counter-affidavit while responding to an original motion filed to challenge the fine before a Federal High Court in Lagos by human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong.
The Lawyer had taken the FG and NBC to court for the fine imposed on Nigeria Info FM. The radio station was fined for alleged hate speech.
Obadiah Mailafia, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, had alleged that a Northern governor was one of the leaders of Boko Haram.
While making an affidavit on the motion, the Minister of Information through the Litigation Secretary Sunday Ojobo had denied making such announcement.
He said, "Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2nd defendant (Mohammed) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code,”
The Minister also pointed out that human rights can be suspended for the sake of National interest
He wrote, “The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.”
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