Plans by the Nigeria Police To establish a broadcasting station has hit a set back as the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has directed the termination of all Partnership and Memorandum of Understanding between the Nigeria Police Force and Mr. Edirin Jerry Wesley of Skytick Technology Global Limited on the establishment of Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS).
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement, noted that the decision was taken during the management meeting of the Nigeria Police Force held on October 15, 2018 where the entire Partnership and Memorandum of Understanding between the Nigeria Police Force and Mr. Edirin Jerry Wesley of Skytick Technology Global Limited on the establishment of Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS) were exhaustively deliberated on and other activities of the Force.
The IGP also directed that all involvement of the Nigeria Police Force with Mr. Wesley and the Memorandum of Understanding signed by his associate(s), agent(s), partner(s) or benefactor(s), privies or any other party related to Mr. Wesley be terminated.
The FPRO noted that “this is consequent on the discovery of several inadequacies, status bars, flaws and impracticability of the project, which has been discovered to run contrary to the policy of the Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Government of Nigeria’s constitutional and statutory restrictions on the Force not to be an internally revenue generating agent.
“The National Broadcasting Commission’s code is explicit on the setting up and running of a broadcasting station in Nigeria. The Commission therefore considers it constitutional and statutorily unacceptable the setting up of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service to be operated on commercial basis by the Nigeria Police Force or its agents or partners under the name of Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service.
“The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is incontrovertible and has reiterated that it will only consider an application for a broadcast licence from the Nigeria Police Force on the condition that the Police has full control and authority over the licence and the broadcast station established by it to be operated as public station for the propagation of information on security and other related issues similar to what obtains in the cases of other security organizations. This position was upheld by the supervising Ministry to NBC which further advised that fresh application may be submitted separately by the Nigeria Police Force for licence solely under the control and authority of the Nigeria Police Force only.”
The statement also noted that “the public are hereby implored and advised to desist forthwith any engagement, association, collaboration, contribution, relationship or partnership with Mr. Wesley and any individual or organization both public and private that does so is at their own risk.
“Furthermore, all Police Formations across the Country are by this disclaimer notified of the present position of the Force on the establishment of Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service.” They are to desist forthwith any relationship, dealings and involvement in all the activities of Mr. Edirin Jerry Wesley of Skytick Technology Global Limited, his associate(s), agent(s), partner(s) or benefactor(s), privies or any other party on the establishment of Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS).
“Members of the general public are enjoined to feel free to report any contribution both monetary, landed or other property to have been made or extorted from them on account of the establishment of the Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service (NPBS) by Mr. Edirin Jerry Wesley of Skytick Technology Global Limited, to the IGP monitoring unit via the following: 08036242591, firstname.lastname@example.org. “
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