The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined three Nigerian television stations N3 million each for broadcasting the #EndSARS protests and the violence that followed in parts of the country.
According to the NBC, the three major broadcast stations allegedly played roles in escalation of violence as Nigerian youths protested against police brutality and demanded good governance.
Prof Armstrong Idachaba, the NBC acting Director-General, while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, named the stations as Arise TV, Africa Independent Television (AIT), and Channels Television.
Idachaba noted that the broadcast stations were fined over their “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests and violating the broadcasting code, adding that the stations were guilty of airing unverified images of the Lekki shooting.
Reports made available to Inside Life, has it that that the stations were among the television stations in the country that broadcasted the protests in Lagos and other parts of the country.
Recall that the NBC had last week warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.
The protest, which began peacefully, turned violent with many states experiencing wanton destructions and looting of public and private properties.
The tension which greeted the demonstrations heightened after men of the Nigerian army fired live rounds at unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate, killing several and leaving others injured.
This development sparked outrage from the international community even as the government denied its involvement in the incident.
Although the figure of the dead and injured #EndSARS protesters has not been ascertained, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sawo-Olu, stated that no life was lost in the shooting even though footage from the scene of the incident on Tuesday, October 20, proved otherwise.