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Benue Assembly Calls for Ban on BBNaija Due to Venita’s Remarks About Tivs

Benue Assembly Calls for Ban on BBNaija Due to Venita's Remarks About Tivs
Benue Assembly Calls for Ban on BBNaija Due to Venita's Remarks About Tivs

The Benue State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling upon the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to prohibit the popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija.

This decision was made during a plenary session presided over by Speaker Hon. Hyacinth Dajoh.

The proposal gained momentum following concerns raised by Hon. Manger Manger, the representative for Tarka State Constituency, regarding derogatory remarks made by Venita Akpofure, a housemate on the show, directed towards the Tiv ethnic group.

In addition to the request to ban the show, the House decreed that Akpofure must issue a public apology to the Tiv ethnic community through two national newspapers and television stations.

Furthermore, they recommended reporting her to the Inspector General of Police and initiating legal proceedings in a competent court to serve as a deterrent for future occurrences.

Manger, in his motion, referenced Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of respecting the dignity of every individual or group, a principle that should be upheld and protected.

The Manger expressed his concern about the detrimental comments made by Venita, an Urhobo from Delta State, regarding the Tiv people of Benue State, alleging that they offer their wives to visitors and friends for entertainment.

He stressed the need to address the issue promptly to prevent confusion and misinformation, especially considering that she was previously married to a Tiv man and had two children from the union.

The House’s goal is to mitigate the potential harm caused by such statements, ensuring accuracy and understanding prevail.



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