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Buhari’s Govt moves to shut Channels TV, arrest journalist over Ortom’s interview – Report

The Muhammadu Buhari administration is said to have set plans in motion to sanction Channels Television, and arrest some of its journalists over recent interviews aired by the platform which are considered to be anti-government.

A source who spoke to SaharaReporters said the Buhari government is set to wield the ‘big stick’ against the television station through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

“Buhari attacks Section 39(1) of the constitution – the government plans to shut Channels TV and arrest pressmen. In a dangerous regression to Decree Number 4, the Buhari Government, using NBC, has ordered the closure of Channels TV and also ordered the arrest of the station’s journalists for interviewing Governor Ortom who brought up the story of Buhari Fulanisation agenda, and a guest who revealed that people who are high up in the Buhari government are sponsors of Boko Haram,” a top source revealed.

“The government did not refute facts advanced by the guest, Commodore Kunle Olawunmi (retd.), that the government has the names of sponsors linked to the conviction of Boko Haram sponsors in the United Arab Emirates.

“Rather than provide a concrete refutation, the government is trying to gag the media by attacking the constitutional rights of the media and the journalist to practice their profession unfettered,” the source added.

Another source familiar with the order stated that the Buhari government had issued a directive to the NBC to sanction Channels TV for airing the two “unpleasant” interviews.

“Channels TV license is to be suspended by the Federal Government over the interview of Governor Ortom and retired naval personnel. There is also an order for the arrest of journalist Chamberlain and his colleagues, who are anchors of the program.

“They are to be brought to Abuja tomorrow,” the source stated.

So far, no formal complaints have been made against the media organization.

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