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Minister Cancels GOtv Licence over N2.5bn Scam

Weeks after ICPC’s attempts to arraign Kawu in court, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has struck again, nullifiing the three-year licence which Kawu’s NBC had granted Details Nigeria Ltd, owners of GOTV.

In a letter of March 29, 2019, Lai Mohammed wrote: “The decision to renew the GOTV licence for three years negate the position of the white paper on the DSO (Digital Switch Over), making it not only illegal but a willful disrespect for our laws and national institutions.

“Recall that the Ministerial Task Force on the DSO, which I chair, had specifically ruled that all Pay Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) companies would no longer be allowed to self-carry and would have to go to one of the two licenced Signal Distributors for that function.

“That decision was made based on the government white paper which puts signal distributors in charge of transmission and separates them from content providers.”

To show he was dead serious, Lai Mohammed added: “No part of the licence fees paid by Details Nigeria Ltd should be touched by the NBC until a negotiated agreement has been signed, subject to my approval.”

N2.5 billion scandal rocking the seat of power recently took a turn for the worse as the power play involved has now put the presidency on edge as it is taking stock of what went wrong in President Muhammadu Buhari’s first tenure.

Now, that scandal which involves the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) appears to have pitched the parastatal’s Director-General, Modibbo Ishaq Kawu, and his backers in the presidency against the Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

We learn the relationship between the minister and Modibbo Ishaq Kawu soured considerably when the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) investigated the N2.5 billion scandal.

ICPC arraigned, Kawu, in court on Friday, March 8, but he was absent in court as his lawyers said he was sick and on admission at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State.


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