#End SARS: AIT, Arise, Channels escalated violence – Buhari group claims

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On Friday, Niyi Akinsiju, the chairman, and Cassidy Madueke, the Secretary, claimed the organization breach extant regulatory guidelines.

BMO aligned with NBC’s position that AIT, Arise TV, and Channels TV contributed to the crisis’s escalation.

They noted that the sanction sends a strong and unambiguous message to other broadcast industry in across the country.

“There can be no justification for Channels Television, Arise TV, and AIT to transmit footage obtained from unverified and unauthenticated social media sources,” it said.

BMO said the “amateurish conduct” only fell short of professional expectations.

It said their conduct “incited the youth to more violent behavior.”

“They helped create a self-serving justification for the humungous looting spree that gripped many parts of the country. We commend the NBC for exercising obvious and strong regulatory surveillance over the broadcast industry and encourage the Commission to continue in this line”, the statement read.

Holding the broadcast stations liable for their breach of the code emanating from the use of material from User-generated Source was not good enough, BMO noted.

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