A federal high court in Abuja on Friday has ordered the reopening of AIT and Raypower FM.
Justice Ekwo Inyang who presided on this case asked the parties to appear before the court on Thursday, June 13 to show cause why the motion on notice challenging the action of the regulatory agency should not be granted.
In an ex parte application brought by its lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the owners of the media outfit had on Thursday, June 7 asked the court to order status quo ante bellum pending the determination of the main suit.
The matter has been adjourned to Thursday, June 13.
On Thursday, June 6, NBC had on Thursday, announced the suspension of the licences of AIT and Ray Power belonging to the Daar Communications Limited. The NBC director-general, Modibbo Kawu, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, saying the media houses’ shutdown was until further notice. The offences of AIT and Raypower fm according to NBC 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” among others.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in reaction to the closure of Daar Communications subsidiaries, AIT and RayPower FM, by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has asked for the immediate reopening of the stations, urging it reopens within 24 hours.
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