December 1, 2020

Nigeria’s broadcast regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced indefinite suspension of the broadcast license issued DAAR Communications PLC, owners and operators of Africa Independent Television (AIT), Raypower FM and Faaji FM

Director-General of the Commission, Kawu Moddibbo, told newsmen that the decision was taken after several warnings to the the media outfit on “perceived lopsided and divisive contents in its programmes”. The Commission specifically accused the media conglomerate of relying on contents from social media to make analysis in its programmes.

According to Kawu, ” DAAR Communications will have to walk through a narrow path to get its licence back”. AIT and Raypower FM are the second largest broadcast networks in the country.

Founder of the media conglomerate, High Chief Aleogho Dokpesi had earlier on Thursday called for the resignation of the Commission’s DG over what he described as repeated attempts overtime to gag the television and radio networks. Dokpesi who accused the Commission of singling out AIT and Raypower for intimidation led a protest to the National Assembly where he submitted a petition to the lawmakers.

Security operatives including officers and men of the Department of State Services, the Army and Nigeria Police Force may be deployed by the Federal Government to enforce to closure of the two media stations and take over its facilities across the country.

The management of the media conglomerate is expected to react to the development which is about the second of its kind in the history of the over 20-year old broadcast outfit

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