Nigeria’s broadcasting industry regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said that it has confiscated transmitters being used by the controversial Radio Biafra across the South east, thereby effectively neutralizing illegal broadcasts from the radio station.
NBC also claimed it has arrested operators of the radio station while it was working to stop the transmission through the internet.
Earlier claim by the government that the signal of Radio Biafra being used to campaign for the secession of the defunct Eastern region from
Nigeria has turned out to be false.
Emeka Mba, the Director General of NBC who said this in a statement released on Friday in Abuja said the brains behind the radio station are currently being interrogated by security operatives.
“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,” Mba said in the statement.