Govt bows to pressure, reopens AIT
The federal government has apparently reversed the ban on the operating license of DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Raypower FM, by the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC,.
The African Independent Television, AIT, is back on-air and has resumed broadcast.
On Thursday, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), suspended the operating licenses of AIT and Ray Power.
But ElombahNews has reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja granted an order ex-parte for the maintenance of status quo pending the determination of a motion filed by DAAR Communications, in its suit challenging the action of the NBC.
Delivering his ruling on Friday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, rejected two prayers by DAAR Communication, owners of the two stations, for restraining orders against the respondents – NBC, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
DAAR Communications had, in the reliefs sought to restrain the respondents from interfering with its operations pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunctions.
Justice Ekwo said the applicant, DAAR would be penalised should it turn out, at the end of the day, that the order ought not to have been made.
The judge noted that, by the issues raised in its application by DAAR Communications, the respondents deserved to be heard.