Shehu Sani reacts to N5m hate speech fine


Senator Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Civil rights activist and former Senator of Kaduna central zone in the 8th National Assembly, Shehu Sani has made a joke of the reviewed hate speech fine as an alternative to oil revenue.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed had announced the increase in the hate speech fine at the unveiling ceremony of the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code containing the Antitrust Provision organised by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said the amendments were necessitated by a presidential directive in the wake of the 2019 general elections for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the NBC with a view to repositioning the regulator for optimum performance.

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Reacting on Wednesday to the upgrade of the fine from N500,000 to N5 million, Sani wrote on Twitter: “With N5 million as fine for hate speech, we have discovered an alternative to oil revenue.”

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