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Lagos Building Collapse: Aare Adams Condoles Victims’ Families, Urges Govt’s Action

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has sent words of sympathy to the families of the victims of the collapsed building in Ita Faji, Lagos. Adams, in a statement he personally signed on Friday, expressed sadness over the death of the pupils in the ill-fated building.  He said: “I feel sad that the lives of many of those promising adults and young pupils could be cut short in such manner.  “It is sad. “My heart bleeds at the number of casualties, and the sorrow I feel now is…

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Elections: NBC Sanctions NTA, AIT, TVC, Channels, Others

……..For Breach Of Ethical Codes  The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned 45 broadcast stations, including NTA, AIT, Channels and TVC News, for alleged ethical infractions in relation to the 2019 general elections. Director-General of the commission, Malam Is’haq Modibbo, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Friday. Kawu said the erring stations, which cut across the country, violated provisions of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code, and were fined N500,000 each. “Despite our various interventions, at the end of the Presidential election which was held on 23, Feb. 2019,…

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CPJ Demands Freedom For Journalists Arrested By Ugandan Authorities

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ugandan authorities to immediately release a team of three journalists and one media worker detained in connection with their investigative reporting and to drop any investigation into a fourth journalist, who is part of the same team. Security personnel in Kampala on Thursday arrested BBC journalists Godfrey Badebye and Kassim Mohamed, their fixer Rashid Kaweesa, and their driver Shafiq Kisame from the Foreign Correspondents Association of Uganda, and two journalists who spoke to CPJ on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal….

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INEC Urges Media To Educate Electorate On Voting Procedure

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara State, Malam Garba Athairu- Madami has called on media to help in educating the public on voting procedures. Speaking in Ilorin on Wednesday at a meeting with members of the State Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (SICVEP), Madami said media has a crucial role to play to ensure the success of the elections in the country. Madami described the media as the eye of the public, adding that the media also mirrored the society and shape opinion. The REC appealed…

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CPJ Demands Action On Killing Of Ghanaian Journalist

Authorities in Ghana should immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale Divela and ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two men riding a motorcycle shot and killed Divela, a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations, an investigative journalism outlet led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, as he was driving in the capital, Accra, yesterday, according to media reports and a video posted on Twitter by Anas. The journalist had told CPJ in September 2018 that people had attempted to attack him and that he…

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Minister Launches Project To Provide Satellite TV For Villages

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has launched the 1,000 Villages Satellite TV Project, which is part of the Chinese government-sponsored ‘Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages Project’. Launching the project at a ceremony in Kpaduma village, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Monday, the Minister recalled that Chinese President Xi Jiping announced the ‘Access To Satellite TV For 10,000 African Villages’ during the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He said under the project, each of the 1,000 carefully-chosen villages in…

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NUJ Launches Books On Aare Ona Kakanfo’s Inauguration Anniversary

The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists has completed work on two books to mark the first year anniversary of the installation of Iba Gani Ige Abiodun Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land. The Chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, who disclosed this, said the idea behind the books: “Aare Gani Abiodun Adams: 15th Aare Onakakanfo” and “Gani Adams: Voice of the Media, Voice of the people,” is to put history in perspective for the present and coming generations. Akinreti said the country is fast…

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NPAN, MRA, Others Condemn Siege On Daily Trust

The Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), has joined the federal government and other agencies to strongly condemn, in very strong terms, the siege on Daily Trust, the arrest and detention of its staff as well as seizure of its computers.  In a statement signed by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Feyi Smith, NPAN said it: “ received with shock the news of the Nigerian Army’s siege to  the Daily Trust newspaper  offices in Abuja, Lagos and Maiduguri over the weekend; arresting an editor and reporter in addition to seizure of computers thereby disrupting the operation of that newspaper. “Although the unwholesome raid was called off on…

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NMMA Grand Patron:I won’t Disappoint Nigerians, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians from different walks of life, vowing “I won’t disappoint”. Speaking on Thursday at State House, Abuja, as he was decorated Grand Patron of the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) by the Board of Trustees of the prime media awards organisation in the country, President Buhari described the investiture as “a timely honour”, adding that he had known a good number of the members of the NMMA board “since the time I didn’t even know I would be here”….

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Khashoogi: 11 Suspects Go On Trial, Face Death Penalty

The trial of 11 individuals over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has begun in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media report. Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty for five of the defendants. Khashoggi, a prominent United States-based critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October, 2018. Prosecutors say he was murdered in a “rogue” operation by agents sent to persuade him to return to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia has refused Turkey’s request to extradite 18 suspects for…

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