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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Detained journalists arraigned on charges of forgery

On April 16, 2013, Mr. Tony Amokeodo and Mr. Chibuizor Ukaibe, journalists with the Leadership newspaper who were detained by the Police on April 15, were charged before a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, with 10 counts of conspiracy and forgery. Amokeodo and Ukaibe were re-arrested and detained …

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Policemen, government officials brutalise journalist

On April 15, 2013, Mr. Goke Famadewa, a reporter with “The Punch” newspaper was attacked by officers of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Offences Enforcement Unit and policemen attached to the Unit. He was taking photographs of the demolition of alleged illegal structures by Taskforce officials in the Lagos …

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Police Re-arrest Leadership Newspaper Journalists

On Monday, April 15, 2013, the Nigerian Police re-arrested and detained two Leadership newspaper journalists, Mr. Tony Amokeodo, the Group News Editor and  Mr. Chibuzo Ukaibe, a political reporter. The journalists were taken to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) headquarters detention facility in Abuja where they are currently being held. …

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NBC Fines Radio Station N2 Million over Comments against Minister

On Friday, April 12, 2013, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigeria’s broadcast regulator, imposed a NGN2 million (about US$14,000) fine on the Kaduna-based privately owned radio station, Liberty Radio FM, over comments aired on an Hausa phone-in discussion programme tagged, “In A Dalili”. The NBC handed down the fine based on …

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Government Agency Bans Airing of Documentary on Poverty

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has banned the exhibition, distribution and airing of a 30-minute documentary film entitled ‘Fueling Poverty’ saying its contents “are highly provocative and likely to incite or encourage public disorder and undermine national security.” The NFVCB is the agency which vets, classifies, and …

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Fraud Suspect, Supporters Assault Journalists Covering Trial

Journalists covering a criminal trial at the Abuja High Court in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory were on April 10, 2013, attacked in the court premises by fraud suspects and their supporters in an on-going trial over embezzlement of over NGN40 billion (about US$250 million) Police pension fund. Supporters of one …

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