Buhari sus­pends NBC DG, Kawu

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Fri­day Olokor, Abuja

The Pres­i­dency has sus­pended the Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Com­mis­sion, Mal­lam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, sources told Satur­day PUNCH on Fri­day.

Sources in the Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion said Modibbo re­port­edly got the sus­pen­sion let­ter within the week but had been bat­tling to have it re­versed.

“I have con­firmed from the rel­e­vant depart­ment, it is true that the DG of NBC, Mal­lam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, was or­dered to be sus­pended by the Pres­i­dent (Maj. Gen. Muham­madu Buhari (retd.) fol­low­ing series of pe­ti­tions and allegation­s against him,” a source in the SGF of­fice stated.

Yet, another source said he was asked to “step aside” fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the pe­ti­tions against him.

The sus­pen­sion came many months af­ter an on­go­ing pros­e­cu­tion of Kawu by the In­de­pen­dent Cor­rupt Prac­tices and Other-re­lated Of­fences Com­mis­sion for al­leged cor­rup­tion.

Con­se­quently, the Di­rec­tor (Broad­cast Mon­i­tor­ing), Arm­strong Idachaba, was said to have been di­rected to act pend­ing the out­come of the case.

When Satur­day PUNCH vis­ited the NBC on Fri­day, the is­sue was be­ing dis­cussed in hushed tones among staff mem­bers.

But when con­tacted, the spokesper­son for NBC, Ekanem An­tia, told our cor­re­spon­dent that he would not speak on the is­sue as ac­cord­ing to him, he did not have de­tails of the al­le­ga­tion.

“I am not aware (of it), as we speak now. I don’t have any doc­u­ment on my ta­ble to con­firm (it). But we will is­sue a state­ment if at all it is true. The of­fice is still work­ing; we are all in the of­fice. Ev­ery­body is in their depart­ment,” he said.

Sev­eral calls later put across to him didn’t go through as his tele­phone line in­di­cated that it was switched off.

Last year, a civil rights or­gan­i­sa­tion un­der the aegis of Coali­tion Against Cor­rup­tion and Bad Gov­er­nance, said it had made a fresh dis­cov­ery of 16 il­le­gal slots of ra­dio li­cences ap­proved by the NBC DG.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion had al­leged that while six slots were for his pri­vate com­pany, Word, Sound and Vi­sion Mul­ti­me­dia Limited, another 10 were ap­proved for com­pa­nies which did not ap­ply or were not on the list ap­proved by Buhari.

The chair­man of CACOBAG, Al­haji Toyin Ra­heem, who raised the is­sue in a state­ment is­sued in Abuja, claimed that a for­mer SGF was one of the 10 ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the ra­dio li­cences re­cently doled out by NBC.

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