The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has given reasons why the Federal Government increased the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million in the amended National Broadcasting Code.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the explanation on Friday when he featured on a TVC live programme, “This Morning”.

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He explained that the increment was to deter people deliberately violating the provision “to destabilise the country”.

“What motivated the amendment was that when the fine was N500,000, we saw the provision being violated at will because the amount was very easy to pay,” he said.

Mohammed while unveiling the reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code earlier on Tuesday in Lagos disclosed that the fine for hate speech had been increased to N5million.

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He explained that the amendments were necessitated by a presidential directive for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the National Broadcasting Commission and the conduct of broadcast stations before, during, and after the elections.

The minister lamented that “some desperate people” were asking broadcast stations to air hate speeches with an indemnity that they would bear the cost of the fine if the stations were sanctioned