Dokpesi speaks, says it’s a witch-hunt to silence the media.
The Chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Alegho Dokpesi, has spoken after his media empire was shut down by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The former presidential aspirant, while reacting to the threat by the NBC, said it is a plot by the government of the day to gag the media and suppress free speech.
“The NBC and the government in power are not comfortable with the broadcast industry because of its courageous and dogged stance in informing Nigerians on happenings in the country.
“We are in a Democracy and must all rise to defend Nigeria from anti-democratic forces,” he said.
The commission, on Thursday, suspended the licence of the station until further notice.
The offences include the use of social media comments in one of its programmes, ‘Kakaaki’, and ‘unprofessional’ conducts by the media house.
The Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, has also released a statement to that effect.
Explaining further, the NBC boss denied any partisan position in the shutdown, saying that the broadcasting station on many occasions fell short of the broadcasting code .
“Today the 6th of June, 2019, AIT/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.
“Consequently, after several meetings with management of Daar Communications Plc and many letters of warning. The NBC, today 6th June, 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,” he stated.