The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria has received the report of attack made by yet to be identified marauders on the Atlantic Television Network and Wish 99.5 FM stations located at Ozuoba area, Portharcourt, Rivers State late yesterday 21st February, 2023.
The attackers wielding guns vandalised the equipment of the two stations located in the same premises.
This attack to say the least is callous, barbaric and highly uncivilised.
Any attack on any media organisation is an attack on the entire citizens which should not be allowed to happen.
We call on Police and DSS to swing to action to fish out the mastermind of the dastardly act.
This ugly development has reinforced the call made last week by BON for provision of adequate security for the media houses across the country.
We therefore call on the National Security Adviser General Babagana Moguno (Rtd) to consider as a matter of urgency the deployment of military personnel to provide security at the broadcast media houses in the country during the election period.
In the meantime, we call on the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba to direct the police formations across the country to speedily provide security for Radio and Television houses in each State to prevent the occurrence of the unfortunate incident.
We would like to remind media practitioners to live above board by adhering tenaciously to professional standards.
DR. YEMISI BAMGBOSE.
Executive Secretary, BON.