N5m Fine: Our broadcast was to expose causes of banditry, Trust TV tells NBC

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Trust TV has stated that it acted in the public interest after being fined N5 million by the National Broadcasting Commission for a documentary titled “Nigeria’s Banditry: The Inside Story.”

Recall that NBC had said the fine was imposed on Trust TV because the broadcast of the said documentary contravened sections of the National Broadcasting Code.

In a statement, the management of Media Trust Group said, “As a television station, we believe we were acting in the public interest by shedding light on the thorny issue of banditry and how it is affecting millions of citizens of our country.”

The management said it was studying the commission’s action and weighing our options.

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“The documentary traces the root of the communal tensions and systemic inadequacies, which led to the armed conflict that is setting the stage for another grand humanitarian crisis in Nigeria.

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“It presents insights into the intersection of injustice, ethnicity and bad governance as drivers of the conflict.

“It also aggregates voices of experts and key actors towards finding solutions, including those of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, who hails from one of the worst hit communities in Zamfara State.”

The statement added that other experts featured in the documentary include scholars like Professor Abubakar Saddique of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Dr Murtala Ahmed Rufai of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, who have both studied the subject of banditry for a long period. The documentary also brought to the fore the horrifying stories of victims of banditry.