Assault: NBC invites ‘Ordinary President’ Ahmed Isah for questioning

Ahmed Isah
Ahmed Isah

The National Broadcasting Commission has invited Ahmed Isah, the Chief Executive Officer of Human Rights Radio, for assaulting a woman on a live programme in Abuja.

Isah, known as 'Ordinary President,' was captured in a new BBC Africa Eye documentary slapping a woman who allegedly set a young girl's hair on fire over a witchcraft allegation.

The woman was said to have poured kerosene on the victim's head after tying her hands and legs before igniting the fire, NAN reports.

Speaking with NAN on Thursday in Abuja, the NBC Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ekanem Antia disclosed that the commission could not overlook such an unprofessional practice.

"The NBC, as a regulatory body for broadcast media, is concerned over the recent happening at the Human Rights Radio and deemed it fit to invite Isah," he said.

The deputy director further explained that the invitation would enable the commission to know the circumstances surrounding the situation that led to the assault.

"As a regulatory body for the broadcast media, the NBC cannot overlook this.

"Broadcasting should guarantee fairness for all citizens and a broadcaster should grant a right of reply to every citizen before passing judgment.

"That is why the commission decided to send a letter of invitation to the CEO of Human Rights Radio and the anchor of the popular 'Brekete Family' radio programme, Ahmed Isah, to come to NBC and explain the circumstances surrounding his actions.''

Antia, therefore, urged broadcasters to recognise the power they have and exercise such with great responsibility and sensitivity.

He also appealed to broadcasters to focus on programmes that address issues concerning peace and patriotism and proffer solutions.

The deputy director added that broadcasters should see themselves as positive change agents, who have the responsibility to foster progress and peace.

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