High Court Orders AIT and RayPower to Operate

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The Federal High Court in the capital Abuja on Friday said African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM radio should be allowed to operate until a ruling on their legal challenge to the ban till the next court hearing which is due on Thursday.

Daar Communications is owned by business tycoon Raymond Dokpesi, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party. Raymond Dokpesi established RayPower FM as the pioneer private Radio in 1994 and AIT in 1998.

The Nigerian radio and television station owned by an opposition politician resumed broadcasting Saturday after a court order temporarily overturned a ban imposed for alleged "inflammatory" content and unpaid licence fees.

The National Broadcasting Commission said it had suspended the licence of the Daar Communications Plc, the owners of the two outfits, for breaching broadcast rules, not paying licence fees and "inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts and media propaganda against the government."

Moreso, Dokpesi said the ban was politically motivated and was ordered by the presidency and had warned that a "media and press clampdown is in the offing."