Nigerian TV sorry for ‘leaking Shia leader’s prison food bill’
A Nigerian TV station has apologised for leaking a recording in which a Minister was heard to say that the government spends 3.5m naira ($9,600; £7,400) per month on feeding a high-profile prisoner.
The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed was reported to have made the disclosure off the record about imprisoned Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader Ibraheem Zakzaky.
OAK TV has since published an open letter of apology and says it has sanctioned the journalists responsible:
On Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018, Oak TV made some error in its reporting regarding a conversation with the Minister of Information. This is an error which we regret. All team members involved have been sanctioned, and we would do more to tighten our gatekeeping responsibilities. 👇 pic.twitter.com/7P8lJ4MIkS
— Oak TV (@OakTVOnline) November 8, 2018
Members of IMN, a pro-Iran Shia Muslism sect, held protests in the capital, Abuja, earlier this month calling for the release of Zakzaky.Some protesters were killed by Nigerian police, who arrested 400 others. The exact number of deaths has been disputed – the army says six people died, while Amnesty International says there were dozens of fatalities.