President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the immediate suspension of Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Modibbo Kawu.
According to reports, the suspension is coming on the back of an ongoing prosecution of Kawu by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for alleged corruption charges few months ago.
The most senior Director in the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been authorized to take over from the suspended Director-General.
A close source in the NBC have confirmed to newsmen that Mr Armstrong Idachaba, Director, Broadcast Monitoring, will be given the go-ahead to act as Director-General pending the outcome of the case.
The anti-graft agency had urged the federal government to suspend Kawu and 32 other public officers/civil servants for their alleged involvement in ongoing corruption trial.
ICPC had accused Mr Kawu of using his position as DG to grant corruption advantage, and on May 2 2019, he and two others, Dipo Onifade, and Lucky Omoluwa, were arraigned over alleged N2.5 billion fraud.
They have being prosecuted on 12-count charges, which included allegedly conspiring with each other to use the position of Mr Kawu to confer a corrupt advantage on Mr Omoluwa, his close friend and associate.
The anti-graft agency explained that Kawu was charged for allegedly ‘deceiving’ Mr Mohammed to sign the deal.
Kawu also allegedly asked Mohammed to approve a payment of N2.5 billion to Pinnacle Communications Ltd owned by Mr Omoluwa as “Seed Grant” under the Digital Switch-Over Programme of the federal government.
The trio pleaded not guilty and were granted bail.