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NBC Moves Against AIT, To Sanction Station Over Anti Govt Reports

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The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has set out modalities aimed at sanctioning African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM over some reports it considered unfavourable.

Buhari and AIT
Buhari and AIT

The body disclosed that broadcast stations owned by Daar Communications are notorious for airing “offensive, unfair and unprofessional” content in violation of its rules.

In a letter by the commission’s director of broadcast monitoring, Armstrong Idachaba, it asked AIT and RayPower to state why they should not be sanctioned over the issues raised.

“The continued use of your licence (given in trust to you on behalf of the entire Nigerian people), to embark on attacks and vilification of the regulator shall attract appropriate sanctions going forward,” he wrote.

Idachaba alleged that the stations had the motive of inciting the public against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the government.

“Monitoring reports on AIT and Ray Power FM indicate that a news commentary replete with unfair allegations against the judiciary was aired from Monday, 20th May, 2019,” the letter read.

“This commentary was aired on the two stations during the week. The broadcast is a contravention of the provisions of the Code and extant laws regarding discussion of cases pending in the law courts which could be termed as contempt of court.

“Furthermore, the language used was -offensive and unfair on the judiciary. The broadcast is viewed as offensive, unfair and unprofessional, as provisions of Section 1.15.1 of The Nigerian Broadcasting Code was violated.”

The founder of DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and RayPower, Raymond Dokpesi in currently under trial over N2.1 billion he allegedly collected from Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser.

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