Suspension of AIT, Raypower license nullified by Court


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the suspension of operating license of Daar Communications PLC, operator of AIT and Ray Power.

The presiding Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo had on Friday ordered the FG government and NBC to appear before it to show cause why a revert to May 30, 2019 status quo ante bellum, sought by Daar Communications PLC should not be granted.

Recall that the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC  on  Thursday, suspended the operating license of the Daar Communications PLC, operator of AIT and Ray Power over alleged breach of the NBC’s broadcasting code.

Justice Ekwo had ordered the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Attorney General of the Federation to appear before the court on Thursday, June 13 to show course why the motion on notice by Daar Communications PLC, challenging the ban should not be granted.

On Thursday, while announcing the ban the Director General of the NBC, Dr. Modibbo Kawu had said the decision was based on the violation of the broadcasting code by the stations which is backed by provisions of Section 10 of the Third Schedule of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

He said apart from violating the broadcasting code, the decision followed the failure of the broadcast stations to pay their license fees despite warning to the company

But in an ex parte application, Daar Communications PLC, had, through its lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), asked the court to order the Commission to revert its ban.

Daar Communications PLC, in the suit against the NBC, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Daar claimed that they did not breach any broadcast code.

It asked the court to grant its prayers in “restraining the defendants from blocking, jamming, stopping removing from air and/or interfering with the air waves of the plaintiff/applicant (Daar Plc) in any way and manner however called from invading the premises of the plaintiff/applicant (Daar Plc) or closing down the said premises, its operations or broadcast services, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.”


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