Saraki to NBC: Obey court order on DAAR communications

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 8 June 2019 | 760 times

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•Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki

President of the Eighth Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called
on the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), to immediately obey
the court order granted by the Federal High Court in Abuja, which
called for the maintenance of status quo as of May 31, 2019, pending
the determination of a motion filed by DAAR Communications PLC, owners
of Raypower Radio and African Independent Television (AIT).

Saraki, in a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser
on Media and Publicity, stated that all such actions that could cast
aspersions on Nigeria’s commitment to the freedom of the press must be
avoided.

“Yesterday, the management and the workers of AIT and DAAR
Communications came to the National Assembly to air out their concerns
over the purported moves to clamp down on their stations.

“As yesterday was the Valedictory session of the 8th Senate, we could
not take action on the matter immediately and to our surprise, the
premises of the broadcast station were immediately closed by the NBC.

“Regulators though necessary, must know that all such actions that
give the impression of the endangering of the freedom of the press or
freedom of speech cast our nation in a bad light. Such issues need to
be handled in a better manner.

“Moving forward, the NBC needs to comply with the Court Order.

Additionally, we must understand that this is not only about AIT, this
is about Nigeria and one of its stations that is not only viewed
within the country, but outside the country as well. The NBC should
look at a better way to resolve the issue, even after adhering to the
ruling of the court

“We must be seen to be a nation that adheres strictly to the rule of
law,” Saraki stated.


Source: News Express

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