Radio Biafra Effectively Neutralized, Transmitters Confiscated – NBC
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it has “effectively neutralised the illegal broadcasts from the seditious pirate radio station”, Radio Biafra.
In a statement issued on Friday by Emeka Mba, the NBC DG, the commission said it had also arrested suspected masterminds who are currently being interrogated in Abuja. The station has been advocating secession of the south-east from Nigeria. Mba said:
“Working with security operatives, the Commission has also tracked down, neutralised and confiscated transmitter equipment from several locations in the region. Some suspects involved in the illicit broadcasts have also been arrested and taken to Abuja for questioning and prosecution.
“The Commission has also worked with other agencies to remove the transmissions of the illegal station from the satellite, and this has put paid to the divisive and disruptive transmissions. We are working on the Internet transmissions.
“The National Broadcasting Commission wishes to appreciate the concerns expressed by Nigerians over the seditious activities of the illegal ‘Biafra Radio’ transmitting hate messages that are unfortunately designed to create disunity among Nigerians and mislead young people in a deliberate act of subversion. Nigerians do not need another round of heartache and bloodshed.
“The Commission reiterates its calls to the public to disregard the hate messages coming from the misguided station, and urges Nigerians to unite in joining hands with the government to build a stronger and more prosperous nation.”
Recent claims by NBC that it had jammed the signals of the station proved to be untrue but this latest effort seemed to have been successful. Abusidiqu had earlier reported that the engineer behind the radio has been arrested the broadcasts had been effectively blocked. But the promoters of the station have promised to open 50 more despite the crackdown.