​T​inubu asks B​roadcasting ​C​ommission​ to sanction AIT over documentary

Bola Tinubu

Sequel to his threats on Monday to sue the African Independent Television for airing a documentary he said was defamatory, a ​n​ational ​l​eader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has asked National Broadcasting Commission to sanction the television station for violating the broadcasting code.

In a petition addressed to the Director General of the NBC, Mr.​ Tinubu said the one-hour documentary “violates the rules and regulations guiding such political adverts particularly during an electioneering year”​.​

“The said documentary is offensive, derogatory, unethical, destructive, and politically motivated to serve the interest of the anonymous ‘sponsor’,” the letter sent through Mr​.​ Tinubu’s solicitors, Olatunji Abayomi &​ ​Co stated.

“You may wish to particularly note that although AIT wrote “sponsored” when broadcasting the documentary, it never during or after the broadcast revealed the “sponsors”, an indication that AIT had something to hide.”

He argued that by airing the documentary, AIT violated paragraphs 3.1.1, 3.4.2, 3.4.5 and paragraphs 5.2.1 – 5.2.22 of National Broadcasting Commission Code.

Paragraph 3.1.1 of the national broadcasting code reads:

“The broadcast or rebroadcast of any content shall be only with the express permission of the rights owner. Piracy is prohibited.”

Paragraph 3.4.2 of the code reads: All sides to an issue shall be equitably presented preferably in the same broadcast.

P​aragraph 3.4.5 of the broadcasting code requires that all programmes shall comply with laws relating to piracy, copyright, to privacy, sedition, libel, etc.

While paragraphs 5.2.1 – 5.2.22 of the broadcasting code deals with the rules of airing political programmes.

“Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu was not running for any p​olitical ​o​ffice warranting undue attention to his life affairs, consequently we wonder the motive of the diligent desire of Africa Independent Television (AIT) to destroy his achievement and reputation,” the letter stated.

“AIT has failed to follow and obey rules and regulations guiding such content. We demand that the NBC enforces its regulations by first restraining the AIT and any other media organisations from producing or reproducing in any form of defamatory publication especially the documentary titled, ‘Lion of Bourdilon’.”

In his letter to Daar Communications, owners of AIT, Mr.​ Tinubu ​​​demand​ed that the company retract the publication and issue a public apology. He also asked the company to pay N20 billion for damage done to his reputation.


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  • chi boss

    Like the documentary wasnt true, i like the courage the AIT had in airing all the evil things that APC members have done. Tinubu, it seems like your campaign money has been exhausted. Be mindful of what you say as your dirty linens might be washed in public.. #NO2BUHARI

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  • ModyHH

    Tinubu does not want any undue attention to his continued robbery of the tax payers in Lagos. So it has come to that. Good night Nigeria.

  • JibrilMusagroup

    APC is only beginning to be ashamed because APC thought they will increase the strength to win election, but when government and the armed forces realized that, they postponed the election, flush out all the APC infested soldiers, re-shape the barracks and now winning the war. APC is like Obasanjo, even if President Goodluck gives his blood it will not be pleasing to them. I like President Jonathan because he has the ability to lead despite the fake propaganda, insult, castigation, abuse and disrespect both from APC and their evil. President Goodluck has all it take to lead Nigeria. vote goodluck, Vote for transformation. #goodluck4president

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Nigerians should watch AIT tonight (10pm) and thereafter make up their mind on how Tinubu should be executed (whether by firing squad, hanging by the neck until he dies, lethal injection or sinking him with concrete in the Lagos Lagoon). Tinubu is just a hardened criminal. Fashola is also culpable in the fleecing of Lagos by the certificate forger, treasury looter and perjurer called Bola Tinubu. (N6b/month to Alpha Beta, 75% of landed property in Lagos Tinubu continues to sign certificates of occupancy etc.) It is fraud on a lage scale. It is unpardonable. NBC should not deny Nigerians the right to know the most crooked man to come out of Nigeria ever.

  • Marvins

    If they were really lies, why then is the gbana major not heading for the courts? It shows that he is guilty as charged andithin wants to use an instrument of the Nigerian state to silence truth. Sadly, that organ of state is not within his influence. thie Sorryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy….Everyday for thief, one day for the owner.

  • Garden-City Boy

    What brand os diaper does he wear…..PAPERS? We hope not.

  • Casper

    I have seen the video somewhat, weighty allegations I’d say. I have some questions though.

    1. Why did it take so long bring out the documentary?

    2. Why is it being released now?

    3. Why can’t the sponsor reveal himself/herself/itself?

    4. Can these allegations be truly proven and what are the evidences?

    5. If the sponsor(s) are truly concerned Lagosians, why have they not petitioned the EFCC all these while?

    The questions go on an on and on. Meanwhile many Nigerians know that most politicians on the 2 major divides and ‘evil’ quote and unquote, but you’ve got to prove what you think you know. SMH for this country.

  • Alan Fagbohungbe

    If Tinubu is as guilty as alleged or not, the onus is on the accuser to prove, he who alleges must prove. It is highly irresponsible for people to tell us they know so much about an individual that has committed so much atrocities yet they could not approach the appropriate authorities to deal decisively with him. I want to believe that the approach the so called sponsor took is highly political and self serving. I am not an advocate for the accused but I beg to disagree with this approach as it is highly libelous and damaging and should not be encouraged by any means. If people can just concort things and put it on air, whether true or false then then the damage to the person’s reputation would have been done and it may be irreparable. It is Tinubu’s turn today, it would be someone else’s tomorrow.