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Lauretta Onochie Lauds Clampdown On AIT, Ray Power, Wants Dokpesi Prosecuted

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The Presidency has justified the clampdown on DAAR communications by the National Broadcasting Commission [NBC] on Thursday which saw the Africa Independent Television [AIT] and Ray Power Radio Stations yanked off air.

This was contained in a press release issued by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Ms. Lauretta Onochie.

In the statement titled “National Broadcasting Commission and the Suspension of DAAR Communications License – Facts”, Ms. Onochie enumerated several reasons why the clampdown is justifiable.

She wrote:

Let’s be educated on the facts behind the indefinite suspension of the license under which the Africa Independent Television AIT, and RAYPOWER Radio stations operated.

DAAR COMMUNICATIONS broke regulations at will.

It owed and did not pay its License fees as at when due.

It regularly aired divisive and inciting programmes.

There were many warnings from NBC regarding the divisive and hate contents it aired.

There were many meetings with DAAR Communication, called by NBC to let them see reasons.

AIT aired a programme about a pending case at the Presidential elections Tribunal, considered contemptuous by lawyers.

Tons of complaints were made by concerned Nigerians regarding the hate and divisive programmes of AIT and RAYPOWER.

Etc. Etc.

This antagonism of the Nigerian people by AIT and RAYPOWER began when they worked to ensure the re-election of Ex-President Jonathan but failed.

When it now emerged that Chief Raymond Dokpesi ran his media empire on free money from Government patronage and that he was a massive beneficiary (₦2.1 billion) of the Funds meant to purchase arms at the office of the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), his media stations became vicious; determined to plant seeds of discord and disharmony in our nation.

With no free money, Its common knowledge that wages and salaries have become a great burden for DAAR Communications, having failed to diversify, but concentrating on creating divisions and hatred among Nigerians.

It’s evident that Chief Raymond Dokpesi must have slept soundly last night, relieved that he now has genuine reasons not to pay salaries anymore.

I thank all Nigerians who made complaints that yielded this result. Every Nigerian must imbibe the habit of reporting issues to the appropriate regulatory bodies. That’s how we can make Nigeria better.

This nation has more people who do not belong to APC or PDP. So it’s not about these two parties, it’s about our nation and future of our families.

It’s nothing short of blackmail to know that you have broken the rules of engagement and then shamelessly gather people to protest when you are held accountable. That’s old order, it doesn’t work anymore.

I watched a few reckless media outlets this morning and they chose their words carefully. The level of indiscipline in our nation is horrendous. Only the application of consequences can force people to do the right things.

NBC must not just stop at suspension of licence. Someone must be charged for the crimes committed by DAAR Communications against NBC regulations. That’s the way forward. [End]


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