WHY DSTV PROFITEERING IN NIGERIA MUST COME TO AN END

  By Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN It was like a movie, watching the proceedings of the Ad Hoc Committee set up by the House of Representatives, to probe the hike of subscription rates by cable TV service providers. The Chairman of the said Committee, Hon Unyime Idem, took me back to my Aluta days at Obafemi Awolowo University (Great Ife), roaring like a lion and reeling out the will of the people of Nigeria with such vehemence, on these shylock entities called cable television companies. The Committee had summoned the lameduck…

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2.5BIL DIGITAL SWITCHOVER FRAUD: FORMER NBC BOSS, MODIBBO KAWU RE-ARRAIGNED

Alleged N2.5bn Switchover Fraud: ICPC rearraigns suspended NBC boss Premium Times Nigeria / Halimah Yahaya / 6 hours ago The anti-graft agency, ICPC, on Wednesday, re-arraigned the suspended Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Moddibo Kawu, on a five-count charge bordering on fraud and abuse of office. Mr Kawu was re-arraigned alongside two other defendants, Dipo Onifade and Pinnacle Communications Limited, due to an amendment to the earlier 12-count charge preferred against them. The prosecution lawyer, Henry Emore, told the court that the amendment was sequel to the court’s directive to remove one of…

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NBC ORDERS DSTV TO STOP NEW TARIFF

By Tordue Salem The Acting Director General of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC, Mr. Armstrong Idachaba, yesterday ordered the management of MultiChoice, to suspend the implementation of its new hiked tariffs on different bouquets on its Digital Satellite Television, DSTV. Besides, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also disclosed Federal government’s plan to break the Sporting rights monopoly of DSTV. The duo spoke at the National Assembly, while briefing members of an Ad Hoc Committee looking into the hike in tariffs. “I want to agree, with the Committee…

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MORE ON THE BURIAL OF PINNACLE COMMUNICATIONS BOSS, SIR LUCKY OMOLUWA TODAY IN ABUJA.

It is no longer news that the CEO of Pinnacle Communications Ltd, Sir Lucky Omoluwa passed on a few days back. His burial took place earlier today. At the funeral service were over 40 pastors including three bishops and the former Archbishop of Nigeria, Onaiyekan, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada and wife, former Senate President, David Mark, former IMO Governor, Rochas Okorocha, former MD of Skye Bank, Ayeni, many other business associates from far and near. The funeral service took…

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EXCLUSIVE: SEE PICS AS ABUJA BUSINESSMAN, LUCKY OMOLUWA IS BURIED TODAY

ABUJA businessman and CEO of Pinnacle Communications ltd is being buried today. See pics from the church service preceding the solemn event. Recall that he died about two weeks ago after collapsing in his ABUJA home while preparing to go to the office. He was rushed to the National Hospital in ABUJA where he was pronounced dead, even though some reports claimed he was transferred to another ABUJA hospital. Lucky Omoluwa was a philanthropist whose business concerns in telecommunications and traversed all parts of Northern Nigeria including Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna,…

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WHY MODDIBBO KAWU WAS SUSPENDED AS NBC BOSS

The suspension of the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Modibbo Kawu, at the weekend, by President Muhammadu Buhari was to pave the way for unhindered trial and ensure state resources are not used in the defence of N2. 5bn fraud allegations levelled against him, as he is standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja. Kawu is being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for paying N2. 5bn seed grant to Pinnacle Communications Limited, one of the signal distributors for the Digital Switch-over projects. According to ICPC, the payment…

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DIGITAL SWITCHOVER: ICPC HAS NO CASE AGAINST US SAYS NBC BOSS

Godwin Tsa Abuja Defendants in the multi billion naira Digital Switch Over (DSO) contract trial have told the Abuja division of the Federal High Court that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) has no prima facie case against them. Specifically, the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Kawu Modibbo, Pinnacle Communications Ltd, and two others, yesterday told Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo- Giwa that there was nothing in the charge against them to warrant their defence. Accordingly, they adopted their no-case submission in urging the court to discharge and…

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JUDGE THREATENS TO STRIKE OUT ICPC CASE AGAINST NBC BOSS, MODIBBO KAWU

Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, NBC DG Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Wednesday, threatened to strike out the prosecution’s case in the trial of the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Kawu Modibbo. The judge said she would close the case if the prosecution exhausted the limits to which they could take adjournments in a criminal case. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, (ICPC) is prosecuting Modibbo, Pinnacle Communications Ltd and two others over allegations of fraud in the Digital Switch Over project of the…

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NBC, DAAR COMMUNICATION AGAIN ON WAR PATH AS AIT DEFENDS ITSELF

The management of the Daar Communication, owners African Independent Television (AIT) on Thursday defended itself over the allegations levelled against it by the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). The media outfit said it had not contravened any law or regulations based on the contents being broadcast on the station. A statement personally signed the chairman of the organisation, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and made available to the Nigerian Tribune, said AIT had been operating within the provisions of the Constitution of Nigeria and international laws that guide broadcasting and rights of the…

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PRODUCT DEFECT: NBC WITHDRAWS EVA WATER FROM CIRCULATION

Product defect: NBC complies with NAFDAC’s directive •Withdraws 75cl Eva table water from circulation Akin Adewakun and Stephen Gbadamosi THE Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), on Saturday, said it had begun the withdrawal of the two batches of its 75 centilitre Eva table water produced between May 22 and 23, this year, following the detecting of a defect in the product. Following the discovery of the defect, NBC said it notified the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of the development. NAFDAC, on Saturday, in a series…

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