The Federal Government has reportedly ordered Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to take Big Brother Naija (BBN) off the air, over fears of a possible spread of COVID-19 among housemates.According to TheCable, Armstrong Idachaba, acting director-general of the NBC, on Wednesday, told senior management members that he had been directed by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, to shut down the show.Insiders disclosed the NBC management was not well disposed to the move to shut down BBN, with some of them saying there was no basis for it.A director is said to have reminded the meeting that NBC had already sought explanation from Multichoice on a possible violation of COVID-19 protocols with the airing of the show. The letter was sent on July 1, before the show began.MultiChoice replied with detailed explanations on measures taken in collaboration with the Lagos state government, whose agency, Lagos State Safety Commission, gave the green light for the show.Also, MultiChoice said in the letter that housemates had been screened prior to the show and that the BBN House had been decontaminated and adapted to ensure sufficient physical distancing, in addition to eliminating the use of live audience.All housemates went through a mandatory two-week isolation during which COVID-19 symptoms would have manifested if they had the disease.A second director is said to have told the meeting that participants of the show had maintained the safety protocols, notably generous use of hand sanitisers, since it started on Sunday.Idachaba, who is reportedly fighting to be confirmed as the substantive DG, was asked to request the minister for a written directive.However, the acting DG was said to have told the meeting that he would have no other option than to carry out Mohammed’s order.
Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said that they will be reciprocating travel bans and restrictions on Nigeria by any country. The Immigration CG who said this in reaction to the inclusion of Nigeria by the US to its list of countries with visa restrictions, told TheSignature50 magazine that Nigeria also has the right to dictate who […]
LekkiTollGate Shooting: Lagos State Government Invited Us To Intervene, But We Didn’t Shoot — Nigerian Army
The Nigerian Army says the Lagos state government invited it to intervene in the fallout of the #EndSARSprotest.This coming days after Sanwo-Olu told CNN that the footage of the shooting showed that the Nigerian Army is responsible for the incident. In a statement on Tuesday, Army PRO,Osoba Olaniyi said soldiers stayed away from the #EndSARS protests until the […]
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has denied ordering the suspension of ongoing Big Brother Naija. A report on social media on Friday said Minister of Information and Cultural Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had directed NBC to stop BB Naija broadcast in the country. But speaking with Daily Trust on Saturday night, the NBC Acting Director […]