Ortom vs Buhari: Channels TV Anchors Confirm NBC Invite, Deny DSS Arrest


Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu, anchors of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Friday confirmed their invite to Abuja.

Frank talk Now had on Thursday confirmed that Usoh and Okikiolu were invited to the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, headquarters over an interview they anchored.

Speaking in Sunrise Daily on Friday, the duo stated that they were invited by NBC to make some clarification on the interviews.

The anchors, who were presenting from Abuja as against Lagos which is their usual base, thanked colleagues, journalists and Nigerians for the show of concern and calls.

Frank talk Now reported on Thursday that the duo were not arrested by the secret police.

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A source had disclosed that the station only received a query from the NBC, a move the source describe as a plot to intimidate Channels TV.

Usoh and Okikiolu, according to reports, were invited to the NBC’s in Abuja on Thursday.

The NBC, it was gathered, was not comfortable with an interview granted the private television station by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and a former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi.

Recall that Ortom in the interview labelled Buhari as the worst President to ever rule Nigeria, adding that the President is grossly incapable of managing the affairs of the country.

He added that Buhari is trying to implement a secret Fulani agenda in Nigeria and cares more about cows than the people he is expected to lead.

On his part, Olawunmi had also revealed that the Buhari-led government was shielding sponsors of Boko Haram.

He said Boko Haram terrorists mentioned names of current governors, senators and Aso Rock officials as sponsors during interrogation by the military authorities.

According to him, the Department of State Services (DSS) has tremendous information on terrorists but they can’t do anything except the body language of the President.