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NBC, DAAR Communications To Settle Out Of Court

DAAR Communications and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), were on Thursday (today) granted leave to explore the option of out of court settlement.

The leave was granted by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo who DAAR Communications had urged to restrain the NBC from interfering in its operations, pending the determination of the motion on interlocutory injunctions filed in court.

Specifically, founder of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi had instituted the motion after the NBC suspended the operating licences of its Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray power FM.

But Justice Ekwo granted the leave for the out of court settlement after Mr. Maliki Sylvanus, holding the brief of Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, counsel to Dokpesi made an oral application.

It would be recalled that the matter was originally slated for hearing before Sylvanus told the court that parties in the proceedings were engaged in talks with the aim of amicably settling the matter out of court.

The lawyer thereafter prayed the court for a date to enable parties report settlement to the court.

This prompted the judge to adjourn till June 26, 2019 for report of settlement.

Prior to this time, NBC had on June 6, 2019 suspended the licence of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower “until further notice.”

The director-general of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, had stated while addressing journalists that, “Today, June 6, AIT/Rapower embarked on use of inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts, and media propaganda against the government and, the NBC for performing its statutory functions of regulating the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

“Consequently, after several meetings with management of Daar Communications Plc and many letters of warning, the NBC, today took a decision to suspend the licence of Daar Communications Plc for failure to abide by the Commission’s directives, the provisions of the NBC Act Cap N11. The SHUT DOWN order is until further notice.”

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