The police in Niger state have released a Channels Television cameraman Abdullahi Egba, after almost four hours in detention at the Tafa Divisional Police Station.
He was assaulted and arrested during a protest by youths in Tafa Local Government Area (LGA), who had blocked the Kaduna-Abuja Highway in disapproval to the cancellation of results in the LG poll last weekend.
Mr Egba was released following a directive by the commissioner of police, Adamu Usman, ordering the Divisional Police Officer to set the journalist free.
While demanding for a transparent and conclusive investigation, Mr Anthony Ojukwu promised to work with the station as Nigerians await police probe into Owolabi’s tragic death.
Although the young corp member’s funeral was held at the Wusasa cemetery in Zaria, prominent Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari have commiserated with the management of Channels Television and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
NYSC members and staff of the station were on ground to ensure that Owolabi was given a befitting ceremony.
Notably present at the funeral service is the Director-General of NYSC who was represented by a Director in the corps.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has described the death of Precious Owolabi of Channels TV as one too many.
Owolabi, a corps member serving with Channels TV, was amongst those killed in a clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites and the police in Abuja on Monday.
The NUJ in a statement signed by Chairman, Abuja Chapter, Emmanuel Ogbeche expressed deep sadness over Owolabi’s death, stressing that it was another sad day for the journalism profession in Nigeria.
“The death of Precious Owolabi signifies how brutish and short life has become in Nigeria and signposts the danger faced by journalists daily in carrying out the constitutional mandate of holding government and its officials accountable to Nigerians,” Ogbeche said.
According to Ogbeche, the federal government should take responsibility for the senseless death of Owolabi as it was its constitutional duty to safeguard his welfare and security as well as those of other Nigerians.
He called on the federal government to demonstrate its seriousness in addressing the pervading insecurity by finding an amicable resolution to the grievances of the IMN to avoid further needless deaths in the country.
The NUJ chairman said that while death was inevitable, journalists should always take into account the environment they were reporting from and not become the ‘story.’
Ogbeche expressed the hope that the government will compensate the family of the deceased who was on a national assignment.
The NUJ prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest while condoling with his family, Channels TV, and journalists in general.
A Channels Television Reporter has been hit by a stray bullet as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police on Monday in Abuja.
The protest by the Shiites turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.
Policemen who cordoned off the road leading to the National Assembly and the three arms zone disrupted the protest by the Shiites, firing teargas to disperse the crowd.
Channels Television has won the AITEO-Nigeria Football Federation award for the second consecutive year, for promoting football at the grassroots.
The Channels International Kids Cup, a corporate social responsibility programme of the TV station, started in 2009 as a Lagos state competition and has evolved into an international event featuring participants from the Benin Republic and Ghana.
The tournament received the development award at the maiden edition of the NFF awards for constantly improving on the objective of discovering and nurturing young talents under the age of 13 in primary schools.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ stand-in captain Ahmed Musa and Super Falcons’ opposite number Onome Ebi took the big gongs at the second edition of the awards that held in Lagos on Monday night.
Among the winners were Super Falcons’ coach Thomas Dennerby, Super Eagles’ ace winger Samuel Chukwueze and Enugu Rangers’ coach Olugbenga Ogunbote.
The project started only last year, but, like the first edition, dignitaries and guests came from all over Africa and other parts of the world.
The highlight of the night, by miles, was the special recognition of the Super Eagles’ Class of 1994 – the squad widely nicknamed ‘Golden Generation’ after qualifying Nigeria for her first ever FIFA World Cup finals, winning the Africa Cup of Nations on away soil for the first time and coming within 100 seconds of a quarter-final place at the World Cup in the United States of America.
Physically present and bathed in applause were goalkeepers Peter Rufai and Alloy Agu, defenders Austin Eguavoen, Uche Okechukwu, Benedict Iroha, Nduka Ugbade and Taribo West, midfielders Mutiu Adepoju, Austin ‘JJ’ Okocha, Sunday Oliseh and Edema Fuludu and forwards Finidi George, Samson Siasia and Daniel Amokachi. Omoyemi Yekini, daughter of the ‘goalsfather’ Rashidi Yekini, stood in for her late father as well as the four others who had passed on: team Captain Stephen Keshi, goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare, defender Uche Okafor and midfielder Thompson Oliha.
Emmanuel Amuneke, Michael Emenalo, Emeka Ezeugo, Efan Ekoku, Isaac Semitoje and Chidi Nwanu could not make it down to Nigeria for the ceremony. While a couple of the players present on Monday night did not make the final cut for the World Cup in America, six members of the group went ahead to join the Dream Team and return to America to conquer – by winning Africa’s men’s football gold at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta two years later.
Secretary-General of FIFA, Ms Fatma Samoura (the first African/first woman to occupy the position) was honoured with the NFF Order of Merit Award, as Presidents of 18 Member Associations of FIFA, the Abia State Governor (Chief Okezie Ikpeazu), the Acting Governor of Edo State (Comrade Philip Shaibu), two Governors-elect (Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and Abdulrazak Abdulrahman of Kwara State) and captains of industry, political juggernauts, A-class artistes and heavyweight stakeholders of the game watched at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management, Members of the NFF Congress and chairman of various Clubs were also in attendance.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation and First Vice President of CAF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, once more eulogized the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for providing the conducive environment for football to thrive and for total support for the NFF and the various National Teams, while calling on Nigeria’s other billionaires and well-heeled companies to emulate AITEO Group and boost the development of football in Nigeria.
Business mogul and politician, Chief M. K. O. Abiola was honoured with the NFF Presidential Award, while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his hefty support for football projects and programs of the National Teams.
There were several members of the CAF Executive Committee, namely Dr Danny Jordaan of South Africa, Suleiman Waberi of Djibouti, Aisha Johansen of Sierra Leone, Moses Magogo of Uganda and Sita Sangare of Burkina Faso. All noted the good and great works that Samoura, who spent 21 years working for the United Nations, has been doing as chief accounting officer of FIFA since she assumed office three years ago.
NFF First Vice President and Chairman of the Awards organizing committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi said the Federation decided it was apt to honour the Super Eagles’ Class of 1994, 25 years to their AFCON –winning exploits and FIFA World Cup performance. It would be recalled that Nigeria was named the second most entertaining team of the USA 1994 World Cup.
Responding on behalf of the 1994 Eagles, defender Austin Eguavoen expressed deep appreciation of the squad to the NFF for the honour, while also using the opportunity to plead that NFF should help the players pursue the Federal Government’s promise of a house for each member of the squad, following the AFCON triumph in Tunisia 25 years ago.
2ND AITEO-NFF AWARDS WINNERS
Young Player of the Year (Female): Anam Imo
Young Player of the Year (Male): Samuel Chukwueze
Fair Play Award: Akwa United FC
Fans of the Season: Kano Pillars FC Fans
Coach of the Year (Female): Thomas Dennerby
Coach of the Year (Male): Olugbenga Ogunbote
Goal of the Year: Ahmed Musa
Team of the Season: Super Falcons
NFF Development Award: Channels Television (Channels International Kids’ Cup)
[email protected] is an environment magazine highlighting the efforts of individuals and groups to live sustainably. The programme doesn’t just talk about the environment, it showcases innovations in waste management, green technologies, conservation and protection in African and Europe. Nneota Egbe of Channels TV, Nigeria in this interview with Deutsche Welle explains how everything we do affects the environment.
So this is your 100th [email protected] show. You have spent a lot of time looking at environmental issues in Africa and Europe. What is the most important thing you have learned? Why?
It’s been remarkable and really fun. One of the things that I’ve come to learn is that every one of us doing our little bit where we are — like paying more attention to the things you do and how they affect our environment — helps to make our lives and the environment a lot better. In other words, the smallest thing we do, even the things that we think do not matter, matter a great deal to the environment. So, you and I, as we sit, as we walk, even as we drive or play, we can make a difference from where we are. It doesn’t matter what part of the world we are in.
What do you think the importance is of mixing European and African topics in the show?
Linking Africa and Europe via this show is one of the best things we’ve done. Why? Because, yes the Europeans might be advanced technologically, but there are some things that are done traditionally in Africa that the Europeans can borrow and enhance upon to help their own side of the environment. The Africans can also borrow the technological advancement and indeed research knowledge from the Europeans and put it into practice here. Seeing that what I’m trying to do in Africa, has already been done in Europe, encourages me to go ahead and push through with what I’m doing.
To make the show we often have to take complex topics and try to make them easy to understand. What one story really sticks out in your memory?
Asking me to pick one story out of 100 episodes with more than five stories per episode is really difficult. Some really remarkable ones stand out. I’ll pick up the story of a young man in Anambra State in Nigeria, who goes out to pick plastic waste and turns it into cooking oil for himself and his family.
He then uses what’s left after he makes the cooking oil to repair the roads to his house. Or is it Princess Abze Djigma of Burkina Faso supplying solar lamps to villages? Or is it people in Austria who build sustainable mobile homes? I can’t say which one is most remarkable. So please don’t put me under this kind of pressure (laughs). Every story stands out in its own unique way. Especially because we turn complicated stories it into something simple that everyone can relate with.
We have covered many different areas — solar power, recycling, and wildlife — are there issues we have missed in the last 99 shows?
We’ve looked at solar power, recycling and wildlife. We’ve looked at sustainable living in many different ways. I think one of the areas we’ve not really given much attention, is how government policy is affecting the efforts of individuals to protect the environment and to live sustainably.
Sometimes the individuals will be doing their bit, struggling and striving to ensure the environment is protected and their lives are sustained. But government policies sometimes don’t take the effect on people into account. And then people get discouraged. They pull back or relocate from that place to somewhere else or that effort just dies a natural death.
We should also look at the role of sport in environmental sustainability. How can sports help? We had several stories on football fields that generate electricity. These are stories we should look at as well: what role sports can play in ensuring that the environment is sustained and we all lead a better life?
Before reporting himself, Afegbua explains that he is simply being a law-abiding citizen by presenting himself to the police.
“When I was declared wanted on Channels TV and NTA, he (General Babangida) was the one who called me and said, ‘why are they declaring you wanted? Are you a criminal?’
“So, we laughed over it. He asked ‘are you on the run, have they given you an invitation?’ I replied No.
“So, I am very much in touch with him, I am not doing anything out of the blues. I am only here because I was declared wanted. I am not a criminal, I am not on the run. As a responsible Nigerian, I felt it was unwise on the part of the police to declare me wanted when I have not been invited,” he said.
He, however, explained that he has withdrawn his suit against the media houses but maintains his suit filed against the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force.
“I have withdrawn the suit filed against NTA and Channels, formally filed at the Federal High Court. And so, I am suing the IG of police and the police as it were, for infringing on my right and demeaning my person and maligning my reputation,” he said.
TV Continental and the Nigerian Television Authority were runners-up for the award.
Starting with its first win in 2000, Channels Television, which has an audience of more than 20 million people, has received recognition domestically and globally for its programming, dominating the NMMA.
Apart from its win in 2000 and this year (2017), Channels Television won the ‘Best Station of the Year’ award in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 2016.
Also, at the award ceremony, Channels TV Presenter, Gimba Umar, beat TVC News’ Ughochi Oluigbo to win the Television Newscaster of the Year Award.
TVC’s Lijadu Ajoke Fumilola was named Television Reporter Of The Year for her report on child labour, while her colleague, Viviene Irikefe, the runner-up with her report on malnutrition in children.
Mary Abayomi Fatile of Radio Nigeria emerged Radio Reporter of the Year with Abiola Aberuagba of Ray Power 100.5fm emerging as the Radio Presenter of the Year.
Still, in the radio category, Ray Power FM claimed the NBC Prize for Radio Station of the Year.
In the print category, Gbenga Omotosho of The Nation beat Martin Ayankola of The PUNCH and Eze Anaba of Vanguard to win the Dele Giwa Prize For Editor Of The Year.
The PUNCH, however, beat The Nation and Vanguard to win the Babatunde Jose Prize For Newspaper Of The Year.
Established as a trust in 1990, the NMMA promotes excellence in the Nigerian media. The award scheme is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of Nigerians who have made their mark in the media industry.
Awards were handed out in more than 30 categories, mostly in the print category.
Elder statesman and Chairman of the NMMA Board of Trustees, Vincent Maduka, challenged media professionals at the ceremony to continue to play their crucial roles effectively.
“The Nigerian media has a great role to play in the emergence of a new nation where corruption and other well-known vices affecting our nation are truly and effectively tackled and resolved in good time for the benefits of our people once again,” he said.