NBC suspends AIT, Raypower FM licences indefinitely

The National Broadcasting Commission on Thursday announced the indefinite suspension of Daar communications PLC parent company to two broadcasting bodies, African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM.

The Director General of the commission, Mallam Moddibo Kawu, who announced this while briefing journalists in Abuja, said Daar Communications had over the years turned itself into an example of how a professional broadcast outfit should not be run, noting that the NBC had on several occasions written and warned against breaches.

Kawu alleged that Daar Communications had carried on as if it was beyond the regulatory direction of the commission and that it didn’t pay its license fees when due

He said: “Its broadcast is patently partisan and one-sided and deliberately inciting and heating the polity. The management of the company has created the habit of using the channel to fight its personal battles contrary to the statutory requirements of the law.”

Following monitoring reports and complaints from concerned Nigerians about broadcast contents, the NBC over the last two years has summoned the management of the company on several occasions to address issues regarding its programs particularly Political Platform and Kakaaki. “Nigeria is cursed”, “We declare independent state of Niger Delta”, “Nigeria irritates me”, “This country is gradually Islamising” and other similar slogans were used without editorial control in breach of the Broadcast Code. “We were therefore constrained to issue Daar Communication letters of warning dated May 27, 2019.

Kawu noted further that today the 6th of June, 2019, AIT/Raypower 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 6th June, 2019 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

He said the decision to shut down the stations was based on the provisions of Section 10 of the Third Schedule of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which require the commission to act, “wherein the opinion of the commission the station has been used in a manner detrimental to national interest; where there is willful or repeated failure to operate substantially as set forth in the license; where a provision of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code has been seriously breached; and where there is willful or repeated violation or willful or repeated failure to observe any provision of this Act or any rule or regulation of the Commission authorized by this Act or by a treaty ratified by the Federal Republic of Nigeria; where there is violation of or failure to observe any cease-and-desist order issued by the Commission and where a provision of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code has been seriously breached; and the SHUTDOWN order is until further notice”