The federal government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has said it will penalise the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and other news planforms over their documentaries on terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday, July 28, 2022.
He said; “Let me assure you, they will not get away with this naked glorification of terrorism and banditry in Nigeria.
“When otherwise reputable platforms like BBC give their platform to terrorists, showing their faces as if they’re Nollywood stars, I want to assure them that they won’t get away with it, the appropriate sanctions will be meted,” Lai said.
The minister’s statement comes days after BBC Africa Eye published a documentary featuring interviews with bandit leaders.
In the documentary, Abu Sani, a bandit kingpin said banditry “has become a business. Everyone wants money. That is why things are deteriorating, from the top to the bottom.”
Threats of sanctions against media platforms have become commonplace with the Buhari’s government.
Before now, Lai Mohammed had threatened sanction against CNN for their documentary exposing how Nigerian soldiers opened live rounds on EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos.