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The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has suspended the license of Daar Communication pls  the supporters of  AIT, RAY POWER until further notice, The Nation reports.

The Director-General of Nationsl broadcasting commission Modibbo Kawu, announced the development Thursday evening.

He said the action was taken for failure of the broadcasting station to abide by the broadcasting code.

The offences listed by the NBC included the airing of a presidential election documentary by the AIT, a matter pending before a tribunal, the inability of the company to pay its fees, the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the Social Media” among others

The Director-General of NBC, Malam Is’haq Modibbo-Kawu made this known on Thursday in Abuja.

Kawu said over the last two years, NBC summoned the management of the company to address issues regarding the operations of
AIT and Raypower, particularly Political Platform and Kakaaki

He explained that in one of its meetings with the company held on June 2, 2017, the commission expressed its disappointment with the way hate speech, divisive and inciting comments were applied in discussion of national issues in breach of the provisions of the NBC Act and Broadcast Code.

According to Kawu, Daar Communications has over the years turned itself into a bad example of how a professional broadcast outfit should not be run, NAN reports.

He said on June 6 AIT and Raypower embarked on use of inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts, and media propaganda against the government and the NBC for performing its statutory functions of regulating the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

Kawu said: “In their relationship with the NBC, Daar communications carry on as if it is beyond the regulatory direction of the commission.
Kawu said: “In their relationship with the NBC, Daar communications carry on as if it is beyond the regulatory direction of the commission.

“They don’t pay their licence fees as and when due and its broadcast is patently partisan and one sided and deliberately
inciting and heating up the polity.

“The management of the Company has created the habit of using the channel to fight its personal battles contrary to the statutory requirements of the law

“The NBC, today June 6, 2019 took a decision to suspend the licence of Daar Communications Plc for failure to abide by the commission’s directives, the provisions of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code
This decision is based on the provisions of Section 10 of the Third Schedule of the NBC Act Cap N11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which states that where in the opinion of the commission the station has been used in a manner detrimental to national interest.

“NBC Act also states that where there is willful or repeated failure to operate substantially as set forth in the licence.

“Where there is willful or repeated violation or willful or repeated failure to observe any provision of this Act or any rule or regulation of the Commission authorised by this Act or by a treaty ratified by the Federal Republic of
Nigeria