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AIT, Ray Power Shut

The license of Daar Communications Plc., owners of Africa Independent Television, AIT, and Ray Power has been suspended till further notice.

The license was suspended by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC, on Thursday (today) evening.

Announcing the suspension, the Director-General, DG, of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, explained that the action became imperative owing to the alleged failure of the broadcasting station to abide by the broadcasting code.

It would be recalled that the Chairman Emeritus of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi had earlier during a press conference in Abuja pointed accusing fingers at the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, of intimidating the media group.

Dokpesi specifically noted that, “I have it on strict authority and very assured information that the highest echelons of government, the Presidency, queried and challenged the NBC that they were not doing their jobs: ‘How on earth could they be hearing and seeing on AIT what they termed hate speech?’

“Any criticism of this government is hate speech.

“The NBC is acting under the authority of the President and Commander-in-Chief. 

“The licensing fees in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world. 

“There is no country in the world where you have this type of exploitative fees. 

“I have appealed for a reduction because the payments cannot be sustained by private broadcasters in Nigeria.

“This economy has plummeted. 

“This government has called this organisation unprintable names which has deterred several advertisers from patronising AIT. 

“I sought an audience with the NBC DG. I called, sent letters and sent text messages to him, but he refused.

“In spite of the fact that we have to run generators 24-hours of the day, I remain committed to keeping the spirit of broadcasting alive.”  
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