Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has expressed surprise over the query issued by the National Broadcasting Commission to Channels Television following an interview where Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom criticised President Muhammadu Buhari.

The NBC had also questioned journalists on the broadcast station’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily over Ortom’s comments on the show on Tuesday.

However, reacting on Friday during a media parley on the theme ‘Sanctions on the loose: Chasing the gnat with a sledge hammer’ in Lagos, Soyinka said the regulatory body went beyond its constitutional duties and did not have the power to decide what is “professional and sound judgement” as it relates to the media.

“I think all of you have seen the letter sent by the National Broadcasting Corporation to Channels TV. It is the first time I have actually seen an example of the kind of query that the media is getting,” he said.

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