Dokpesi floors NBC as Court  orders  re-opening of  AIT, Ray Power FM

 Dokpesi floors NBC

as Court  orders

 re-opening of  AIT,

Ray Power FM

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to re-open African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM.

The court gave its verdict on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Recall on Thursday, NBC shut down the two stations owned by Raymond Dokpesi’s DAAR Communication indefinitely for violating its guidelines.

Justice Inyang Ekpo ordered the re-opening of the stations and said that parties in the case should maintain the status quo.

Ekpo adjourned the case to June 13 for the defendant to show cause why the order should not be granted.

The Director-General NBC, Dr Modibbo Kawu, had suspended the licences of the AIT and Ray Power FM indefinitely, saying that the stations committed offences, which included the airing of a Presidential election documentary by the AIT, a matter pending before a tribunal; the inability of the company to pay its fees, the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the social media,” and others.

NBC had similarly before the election shut down Joy FM in Jos for violations of the broadcasting code. Last year, the NBC also shut down Ekiti Radio/TV station when former governor Ayo Fayose used the stations to broadcast fake election results.

(C) Oak TV

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