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How NBC DG Modibbo deceived President Buhari in grant of FM radio & digital TV broadcast licenses

The DG’s letter of recommendation to president Muhammadu Buhari  to approve applications for FM radio and digital TV broadcast license was filled with lies, deception and distortion.

Per Second News


The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission Is’haq Modibbo Kawu has been accused of appropriating to himself 6 Broadcasting Licences across the six geo-political zones. Namely Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and two licences in Ilorin, with his bonafide company called Word, Sound And Vision Multi-Media Nigeria Limited RC No 647641.

In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari obtained by Per Second News, a group (name withheld) filed a whistle blower complaint alleging that the DG National Broadcasting Commission criminally abused trust, committed forgery and knowingly misled the president in approving applications for the grant of FM radio broadcasting licenses.

The letter of recommendation for the grant of the licenses was written to the president vide a memo NBC/SEC/FMIC/11, dated August 16, 2018.

The group alleged that the DG and a band of rogues in his office manipulated and substituted the list with bogus, non -existent even with companies that did not apply, all with the aim of serving their own personal interest.

“The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission Is’haq Modibbo Kawu conspired and substituted, altered, racketeered and forged the names, addresses, identity of the applicants, the group alleged in documents cited by this newspaper.

According to the group, the number of licensees whom applied were 147 in number and 23 Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Licences, however many whom neither applied nor were in the list the president approved were substituted by the DG.

The DG was accused of smuggling in ten companies, namely,

  1. Bigger Best Nigeria limited


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  1. High Fidelity Comm Ltd


  1. Cooper Platform Ltd


  1. Hattara TV and Radio


  1. Oho Media Ltd


  1. IZY Group of companies


  1. Oracle Exclusive Servicesand Consult limited


  1. TAP Television Network


  1. New Radio Network


  • Seamaster Global Resources Ltd


Search at the Corporate Affairs Commission, by the group shows that some of the companies were not registered as legal entities, the group stressed.

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