Alhaji Lai Mohammed orders probe of Big Brother Naija

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced it will probe the ongoing Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show.

NBC says the probe will center on circumstances surrounding why the show was staged in South Africa.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the order in Abuja.

Lai said NBC should determine whether Multi-Choice has breached the Nigerian Broadcasting Code in any way.

NBC will also probe a possible deceit since the viewing public was never told that the event would be staged outside Nigeria.

“As a country of laws, only the outcome of the investigation will determine our next line of action,” he said.

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Lai said concerned Nigerians have bombarded his office with calls to complain about why the show was staged in SA.

He urged the concerned Nigerians to remain calm while the NBC investigates the issue and submits its findings.

As at the moment, MultiChoice is yet to respond, although it promised to send a statement.

Big Brother Naija, formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria was relaunched on Sunday with 12 housemates.

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The host of the show, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a former housemate who introduced the housemates said he remains one of the biggest supporters of the show.

“Ten years ago I was a housemate, today I am one of their biggest supporters,” Obi-Uchendu said.

The Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, expressed delight on their choice of the host.

“We are particularly excited to have Ebuka as host of Big Brother Naija.

“This was the platform that unearthed his potentials and propelled him to stardom.

NAN reports that every Sunday on the show, viewers are expected to witness an eviction of a housemate.

The winner of the 11-week contest will be given 25 million naira cash prize and a brand new Kia Sorento SUV car.

The series will run for 78 days and end on April 9.