The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), on Friday said it has “neutralised” illegal broadcasts from Biafra Radio which it said has been spreading hate and seditious messages in the southeast.
It added that it had equally arrested its operators and confiscated many of their transmitters in various locations.
“The national Broadcasting Commission, has effectively neutralised the illegal broadcasts from the seditious private radio station that has recently shattered the peace in parts of the south east of Nigeria with unsavoury hate messages,” a release by the Director-General of the Commission, Emeka Mba, stated.
“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 transmission 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 seditions activities of the illegal “Biafra Radio” transmitting hate message 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,” the statement read.