Court Orders Reopening Of AIT, Raypower

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday ordered the reopening of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power radio owned by DAAR communications.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had on Thursday shutdown the two stations owned by Raymond Dokpesi’s DAAR Communication indefinitely for violating its guidelines.

While ruling on the matter on Friday, Justice Inyang Ekpo ordered the re-opening of the stations and ordered that parties in the case should maintain the status quo.

The presiding judge adjourned the case to June 13 for the defendant to show the reason why the order should not be granted.

DAAR Communications had earlier filed a motion seeking an ex parte order of interim injunction in its favour restraining the NBC, whether by themselves, their agents, operatives, servants and/or privies, howsoever called, from blocking, jamming, stopping, removing from air and/or interfering with the airwaves of the plaintiff/applicant in any way and manner howsoever, in its broadcast and airing of news, views, documentaries, or any other legitimate broadcast material that is usually associated with television, radio or social media broadcast pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.

Alternatively, they asked the court for an order to maintain status quo ante bellum as at May 30, 2019, pending the hearing and final determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.

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