The Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, reviewed the penalty for hate speech in Nigeria.
Mohammed disclosed that the penalty for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million.
The Minister disclosed this on the unveiling ceremony of the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code organized by the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) in Lagos.
An announcement signed and issued by Mohammed’s spokesman, Segun Adeyemi mentioned the reviewed code contained the Antitrust provision geared toward boosting native content material and inspiring the expansion of the native business, amongst different provisions.
The assertion reads partly: “The amended Code additionally consists of the supply elevating the wonderful for hate speech from 500,000 Naira to five million Naira.
“Alhaji Mohammed clarified that the amendments have been necessitated by a Presidential directive, within the wake of the 2019 common elections, for an inquiry into the regulatory position of the NBC with a view to repositioning the regulator for optimum efficiency.
“He mentioned regardless of the assaults by some vested pursuits, who imagine that their singular enterprise curiosity is superior to nationwide curiosity, over the provisions of the amended Code, the Federal Authorities stays unperturbed.”