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The Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has taken decisive action by suspending two high-ranking officials involved in approving the ‘All Eyes on Judiciary‘ billboard advertisement in Abuja.
The move comes as the Federal Government, Led by Bola Tinubu dissolves the Secretariat of the Advertising Standard Panel (ASP) due to concerns over the approval of billboards that are perceived as attempts to blackmail the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal with the provocative tagline: ‘All Eyes on The Judiciary.’
The suspension of the officials, the Director, and Deputy Director of Regulations, was confirmed by a statement issued by Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, the Director-General of ARCON. This development follows increasing backlash surrounding the billboard that has sparked outrage over its potentially damaging implications.
According to the statement released by Dr. Fadolapo, the billboard advertisement has been deemed a form of blackmail directed at the Nigerian Judiciary, specifically targeting the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and the Honourable Justices presiding over it.
The advertisement appears to undermine the principles of a fair and unbiased judicial process in relation to an ongoing matter.
The statement read in part, “The Council will establish a committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the ‘erroneous approval’ of one of the concepts of the advert, as well as the violation of vetting guidelines.
As a result, both the Director and Deputy Director of Regulations have been suspended. This suspension aims to facilitate an impartial investigation into the matter.”
The fallout from this controversy has also prompted the dissolution of the Advertising Standards Panel (ASP) Secretariat, which was responsible for upholding the integrity of advertising, advertisements, and marketing communications. This dissolution serves as a response to the perceived lapse in diligence and oversight that allowed the controversial billboard concept to pass through the approval process.
As the nation grapples with the implications of this suspension and the dissolution of the ASP Secretariat, questions arise regarding the standards and regulations governing advertising practices in Nigeria. The outcome of the investigation is anticipated to shed light on the factors that contributed to the approval of such a contentious advertisement and the subsequent actions taken by ARCON.
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