Nigeria Police TV channel takes off November with 5,000 staff — CEO

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The proposed Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service will hit the airwaves nationwide beginning from November 28, its Chairman/CEO, Ediri Jerry Wesley has promised.

The TV will begin with a fund-raising ceremony at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Abuja, he commended the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for working to ensure the realisation of the project.

Mr. Wesley said, “The NPBS will focus on four areas of operations (TV, Radio, Online and Emergency Control Centre). The project which is a Public Private Partnership with the Nigeria Police will help to curb insecurity by prompt respond to emergency situations.”

Unlike most broadcast organisations, the NPBS will not source for commercial adverts for sustainability, rather its survival will depend largely on sponsorship from corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians, Mr. Wesley said.

He said personnel for the channel would be trained by professionals from prominent broadcast organisations including the Cable News Network (CNN).

“About 5,000 young Nigerians will be engaged and trained by 50 expatriate (Professionals from CNN, BBC and other foreign media Organisations) for three years,” Mr. Wesley stated.

In order to reach all Nigerians irrespective of their educational background, transmission will also be done in both Pidgin English and other Nigerian Languages, he said.

He said, “The NPBS will focus on four areas of operations (TV, Radio, Online and Emergency Control Centre). The project which is a Public Private Partnership with the Nigeria Police will help to curb insecurity by prompt respond to emergency situations.”


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Police tv personnel to be trained by purveyors of fake news (CNN and co)?
    That’s defeat from infancy.

    • marcos avelino

      Are you a supporter of the rascist irresponsible Donald Trump ?

      • Kickboxer

        he is still indignant for the role CNN played in running brainless Buhari out of his hiding in London

      • Abdullah Musa

        The West relies on its media to dish out fake news to destroy other countries.
        Trump found himself a victim of what many innocent countries suffered.
        Kickboxer should know that I dont know what CNN did in relation to Buhari.
        I cannot purchase fake news with my own money.

  • thusspokez

    Speaking in an interview with journalists in Abuja, he commended the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for working to ensure the realisation of the project.

    The Nigeria police came into being by an Act of Parliament and with very clear sets of mandates.

    Running a TV is not one of the mandates. And you don’t have to be a constitutional lawyer to know that the Nigeria Police TV is therefore unconstitutional and illegal.

  • Frank Bassey

    THIS IS A WINDOW OF LOOTING. IT IS UNNECESSARY, UNCALLED FOR, USELESS AND WASTEFUL.

  • Ola Onanugaola

    The TV station is starting wrong, why do fund raising for a “Public Private Partnership project”.

  • SamPsalm

    Police to run a TV that won’t take advert to be sustainable – but would accept donations from well-meaning corporate and individual persons? That’s brilliant and strategic and diabolical. Every Sergeant in the Nigerian Police knows that ‘donations’ – from well meaning Nigerians (especially after a little inconvenient persuasion) – can deliver 1000x whatever legitimate income was available from ‘normal’ sources.

    Having proved the efficacy of that in traffic management, election security, VIP security, Case management, and Quarrel resolution, it is diabolically strategic that the Nigerian Police is now diversifying into the broadcast industry using the same ‘financing models’ that have served it so well.

    Best part is: they even get to be part of those determining the truth and reality – live and direct.

    This is pernicious evil: yet brilliant.

  • Mentus

    NASS and senate should stop this immediately. Idris is establishing a TV channel while Burutai and co are grabbing poor citizens land to convert into army farmhands for the army. What is what is happening in Nigeria! Do they – army and police – have no clear mandate when they were established. What is this incursion into other sectors particularly now the States are lobbying to have their own police force.
    Is the channel going to be under DSTV where you have to pay thousands monthly to view?
    With 10 percent power supply, how many ordinary Nigerians will have the opportunity to even watch.
    Idris is simply diverting attention from his ineptitude in dealing with countless accusations against the police and their failure to respond to needs of people like taking bribes to even record crime.
    As for being sponsored by wealthy individuals and private organisations, are we to understand that any call to investigate these sponsors will be heeded. The channel will be well and truly muzzled by them.
    Like the mass promotion of police staff, this is yet another stunt to position the current admnistration for election victory. Can anything altruistic come from these heads of security forces.
    I will believe them when they start responding to poor villagers still being raped in their farms by Fulani herdsmen with Idris police looking the other way.