In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, August, 2020

Lawyer Sues Lai Mohammed, FG, NBC For Growing Hate Speech High-quality

Lawyer Sues Lai Mohammed, FG, NBC For Increasing Hate Speech Fine


Lai Mohammed

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has sued the Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed; the Federal Authorities and the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee for arbitrarily amending the Broadcast Code and climbing the high-quality for hate speech from N500,000 to N5m.

Within the originating movement filed earlier than a Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos, Effiong challenged the imposition of N5m high-quality on Nigeria Data 99.3FM, Lagos, and the risk by NBC to punish different broadcast stations within the nation over alleged hate speech.

The go well with comes days after the NBC fined Nigeria Data for granting an interview to a former Deputy Governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, who claimed that an unidentified northern governor was a Boko Haram commander.

The NBC had threatened that any TV or radio station that allowed elected officers to be insulted on its platform can be fined N5m or shut down.

The NBC board had additionally alleged that Mohammed hijacked the duty of the NBC and unilaterally hiked the high-quality for hate speech with out session.

Effiong in his supporting affidavit advised the court docket that the actions of the NBC, the minister of Info and the Federal Authorities had gravely affected his freedom of expression and that of broadcast stations, broadcasters and different Nigerian residents, who additionally seem as friends on radio and tv stations to specific important views concerning the authorities and public workplace holders.

The lawyer argued that “abusing” or “insulting” the federal government can’t be criminalised in a democracy.

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He contended that the expression “hate speech” isn’t outlined beneath any written legislation and can’t be invoked or penalised based mostly on the capricious expectations of the respondents.

The activist reminded the court docket that Nigeria has handed the period of colonialism and navy dictatorship, including that Lai Mohammed, NBC and the Federal Authorities have been “in search of to subvert Nigeria’s constitutional democracy with the attendant liberties and foist a civilian dictatorship on the nation.”

The lawyer additionally requested the court docket to nullify and put aside the penalty of high-quality or different penalties imposed on broadcast stations by the NBC.

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