The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the indefinite shutting down of DAAR Communications outfits, AIT and Ray power FM by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC.
Atiku said the shutting down of AIT and Ray power FM indicated that Nigeria was now under a dictatorship.
In a tweet, the former Vice President wrote:
“If, at this time, we stand by as the Press loses its independence, there will be little to differentiate us from a dictatorship. This should not happen. -AA.”
The Director General of the NBC, Modibbo Kawu had announced the suspension DAAR Communications Plc on Thursday evening while briefing journalists in Abuja.
Kawu had accused AIT and Ray Power airing a Presidential election documentary, a matter pending before a tribunal.
He also explained that the inability of the company to pay its fees, the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the social media” among others was responsible to the ban.
Kawu insisted that the suspension followed the persistent violation of 2004 broadcasting Code.