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JUST IN: Advertising council suspends top officials for approving ‘All Eyes on Judiciary’ billboard

 

Two top officials have been suspended by the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) for approving the ‘All Eyes on Judiciary’ billboard advertisement in Abuja.


Remember that the Federal Government disbanded the Secretariat of the Advertising Standard Panel (ASP) on Tuesday because it had approved billboards with the slogan “All Eyes on The Judiciary” that had been accused of extortion against the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.


A statement by the Director-General of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, confirmed the suspension.


According to the statement, the suspended officials are the Director and Deputy Director Regulations of the council.


Fadolapo said the advertisement is considered blackmail against the Nigerian Judiciary, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, and particularly the Honourable Justices of the Tribunal who are expected to discharge their judicial functions without fear or favour over a matter that is currently jus pendis.


The statement in part reads: “The Council would set up a committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the “erroneous approval” of one of the concepts of the advert and the breach of the vetting guidelines.


“Consequently, the Director and Deputy Director, Regulations have also been suspended. The suspension is to enable an unprejudiced investigation of the issue. The Advertising Standards Panel (ASP) Secretariat failing to diligently exercise its function as the gatekeeper of advertising, advertisement, and marketing communications is hereby dissolved.”


 

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