Efforts by Nigerian government to end the broadcasts by pirate radio known as Radio Biafra may have yielded result as the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Friday said it has arrested operators of the radio, blocked the station from the country’s airwaves and seized its transmission equipment in many part of Nigeria’s South Eastern region.
This was disclosed by the NBC’s Director General, Emeka Mba, in a statement, saying his commission has effectively neutralised the illegal broadcast from the pirate radio station.
According to him, “Working with security operatives, the commission has also tracked down, neutralized and confiscated transmitter equipment from several locations in the region,” he said.
“Some suspects involved in the illicit broadcasts have also been arrested and taken to Abuja for questioning and prosecution.
“The commission has also worked with other agencies to remove the transmissions of the illegal station from the satellite, and this has put paid to the divisive and disruptive transmissions.”
This will be the second time in a week that the commission claimed it has succeeded in jamming the Radio Biafra’s signals.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Shade Yemi-Esan, had on Tuesday claimed the NBC had successfully blocked the signals of the radio station.
However, listeners confirmed thereafter that the station remained on the airwaves, even as the station had denounced the claim by government.