Following the recent physical assault he launched on two of his interviewees, Ahmad Isah, alias Ordinary President has had his operation broadcasting license suspended by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Isah had recently been the subject of viral media reports in which he slapped a lady whom he had interviewed following reports that she had set fire on the hair of her maid she accused of witchcraft.
Reactions to this affront was yet to died down when he was involved in another slapping incident of a young man alleged to have compiled names of persons without their authorisation.
The Commission announced the suspension on Thursday in a press statement.
“The Commission has therefore in line with the sanction provisions in 15.5.2 of the Broadcasting Code, Ordered the Suspension of license of the Broadcaster, until the Broadcaster commits to ethical and professional broadcasting.
According to the unsigned statement conveyed in its letterhead, the Commission, said; “The Suspension Order is effective Monday the 31st of May 2021, at 12.00am. The Order shall last 30 days during which it is expected that the broadcaster will put its house in order and attune itself to responsive, professional and responsible broadcasting.
“It shall also pay a recommencement fee as provided for in section 15.5.1 of the Broadcasting Code at the end of the suspension period. The NBC appreciates the popularity of the station and the fact that it has in many cases tuned its programming to the yearnings of the people.
“The Commission however has a sacred duty to promote decency, professionalism and respect for dignity of all citizens by all Broadcasters in Nigeria”, the statement partly read.
The statement also said the broadcaster will pay an undisclosed fine. The Commission said it reached the decision after meeting with the broadcaster.
“The meeting afforded Isah opportunity to explain the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident at his radio station where rather than promote human rights and human dignity a citizen who was invited to the programmme was physically assaulted by the broadcaster.
“The National Broadcasting Commission has reviewed the events and notes the unreserved apologies and regrets expressed by the broadcaster.
“The Commission however stated that the action of the Broadcaster is in clear violations of the Broadcasting Code and a betrayal of the confidence reposed on him by the people and Government of Nigeria on whose behalf he holds the radio license in trust.
“Section 0.1.1.2.1 of the Broadcasting Code provides in the Social Objectives of Broadcasting that Broadcasting shall – promote generally accepted social values and norms, especially civic and social responsibilities; and encourage respect for the dignity of man”.
“It also provides that Broadcasting organizations shall recognize that they exercise freedom of expression as agents of society, not for any personal or sectional rights, privileges and needs of their own or of their proprietors, relatives, friends or supporters.
“It is important to state that the Commission has over the years, advised, cautioned, warned and fined the station over repeated cases of outright abuse, denigrating remarks, intimidation and flagrant abuse of ethics of fairness, balance and fair hearing on the station. It is also on record that the Commission had conducted several training and retraining programmes for the station and the host of the Brekete family programme especially.
“The NBC appreciates the popularity of the station and the fact that it has in many cases tuned its programming to the yearnings of the people. The Commission however has a sacred duty to promote decency, professionalism and respect for the dignity of all citizens by all Broadcasters in Nigeria”,the statement added.