BY ESE DIBEBI
Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba has told Nollywood producer, director and critic, Charles Novia that he plans to retire and “leave” when he eventually regains his freedom. Emeka Mba is currently being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja and is expected to face charges over a “N15billion-fraud claim.”
Charles Novia, on Sunday, visited Mba in Abuja and he made the revelation in a blog post. To the Alan Poza director’s question about what happens next after he regains his freedom, Mba replied, “I’m tired. Very tired. I don’t play with my honour and integrity. I will leave.“
“Isn’t that what they want?” he queried. “I will leave. I have given my best, turned around the NBC and made it a multi-billion naira yielding parastatal. I have shown the government how broadcasting can even fund the whole budget of this country alone. I have done my best. And now, through some politics and witch-hunt, they pat me back with this. Who takes this kind of thing? The officers here have heard my side of the story. Every document and paper vindicating my defence has been shown. Why I am still here is up to them. But I’m tired.“
Emeka Mba was arrested on Monday, January 11, by EFCC operatives after a month-long investigation into operations of the NBC. Sources said the arrested officials made confessional statements to the EFCC implicating Mba and some top officials of the NBC.