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ARMED FORCES SEEK PARTNERSHIP WITH NBC ON BOKO HARAM RADIO

  • June 30, 2016
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ARMED FORCES SEEK PARTNERSHIP WITH NBC ON BOKO HARAM RADIO

The Nigerian Military High Command has raised an alarm over the security threat posed by the recently launched Boko Haram Radio along the Nigeria-Cameroun Boarder.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, told the Management of the National Broadcasting Commission that if the radio Station established by the insurgents is not checked, it would cause serious security implications for the country.

He spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commission.

Brig.Gen. Abubakar requested the National Broadcasting Commission to put machinery on ground to prevent the use of that Radio frequency by the group.

He said that in the North-East, the war on terror was in its last stage. And noted that in Sambisa Forest, the Military was carrying out an operation Code-name, ‘Operation Crack down’. This, he pointed out, was aimed at mopping up and clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram who were still dreading to give up.

Brig. Gen. Abubakar stated that the surrendered members of the group, who are in a camp, would soon be made public, after due screening. He reiterated the Federal Government’s three prong objectives for the surrendered members of the group, which included reintegrating them back into the society; empowering them, not amnesty; and, most importantly, De-radicalizing them.

He also confirmed that the insurgencies in the Niger Delta would be addressed, squarely.

He thanked the Commission for the Licence granted to the Arm Forces Radio, which has been operating on the frequency 107.7, on the FM spectrum in Abuja and in the North-East.

Brig. Gen. Abubakar noted that the contents from those stations had been most effective in countering the propaganda by the insurgency group. He added that, since the Boko Haram group had been decimated, what they now indulged in was Information warfare. This he said would be further compounded by the Boko Haram Pirate station, which was being received on 96.8FM.

He also sought the support of the Commission for the training and manpower development of its personnel manning the FM stations.

Brig.Gen. Abubakar thanked the Director General for his recent appointment, as the DG, NBC, and pledged the Military’s unalloyed support.

Responding, Mallam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the Director General NBC, welcomed the delegation to the Commission, and acknowledged the commitment and dedication of the Nigeria Arm Forces to the defence of the integrity and upkeep of Nigeria as an indivisible Country.

He noted that the National Broadcasting Commission played an important role in the development of the Country. He assured the delegation that, as Broadcast regulator in Nigeria, the Commission was on top of the challenges posed by Boko Haram pirate radio station.

The Director General confirmed that preliminary reports carried out by the Commission indicated that the Radio station was operating outside the Nigerian territory. He, however, admitted that the messages from the Station were meant to coerce Cameroonians and as well as Nigerian audience on that axis. He added that the Commission’s concern was not restricted to the Boko Haram Radio, but extended to other radio stations within the country that were threats to our National security.

“We are very much aware of our responsibility to the Nigerian defence, and to Nigeria as a country, and will continue to do our very best to work together with defence forces to ensure that such threats to National Security are nipped in the bud from the moment they begin to operate, or begin to appear on the airwaves. NBC has capacity, and we are going to explore those capacities, because the challenges we are going to face, into the future will be with battle of ideas on the airwaves of our country.”

He further stated that, “it was the responsibility of the Commission to ensure that the Commission deployed all the resources at its disposal to ensure that it assist and protect members of our Arm Forces that lay down their lives from contents in the airwaves that could undermine the work they are doing in terms of security.”

He promised that the Commission would assist the Arm Forces Radio to achieve its mandate. Stressing that the public needed to understand the capacity and the capabilities of the Nigerian Arm Forces. He said accomplishments of the Arm Forces on International assignments had brought so much pride, prestige and deserved the respect and support of all Nigerians.

He thanked the delegation for the visit, and promised that the Commission would continue to assist the Military and support its forces.

The visit ended with exchange of gifts and a group photograph.

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