Channels Television broadcasters Chamberlain Usor and Kayode Okikiolu have been reportedly summoned by the National Broadcasting Commission
According to human rights activist Chidi Odinkalu on Twitter, ”There is confirmation that @nbcgovng has summoned the presenters of @sunrisedailynow for this morning.”
The summon by the NBC may not be unconnected to the utterances made by some guests brought to the programme on Wednesday.
They included the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and a former Nigerian Navy officer, Commodore Kunle Olawunmi (retd.).
A Sahara Reporters story also claimed 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.” The report alleges.
Earlier, NewsWireNGR reported that Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu had criticised Governor Ortom for his comments on the purported agenda to ‘fulanise’ the country.
“All of the falsehoods he (Ortom) spreads, perhaps speak to his own character rather than that of the President,” he said. “The President’s wish is that open grazing should end, nobody wants it.” He said
As at the time of filing this report, Channels Television had not reacted to news of the purported arrest.