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Court Orders AIT, Raypower To Resume Transmission

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the resumption of transmission on AIT and Raypower FM. 

Funsho Akinwale

The media empire of Chief Raymond Alegho Dokpesi, comprising the Africa Independent Television and Raypower FM, is now back on air.

The two broadcasting houses resumed transmission on Friday following an order by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

The court ruled in favour of the station after a suit was filed by Daar Communications, operator of the TV and radio stations, to maintain status quo.

After the ruling on Friday, a copy of the order made by the judge on Friday read in part, “It is hereby ordered as follows:

“That prayers 1 and 2 on the motion ex parte cannot be granted without hearing the other parties.

“An order is hereby made that parties shall maintain status quo ante bellum as at May 30, 2019 pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case.”

He added, “Defendants are hereby ordered to show cause on the next date of hearing why the prayers on the motion on notice of the plaintiff/applicant ought not to be granted.

“Case adjourned till June 13, 2019 for defendants to appear in court and show cause as ordered.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government had earlier on Friday come under more attacks for suspending the licences of the African Independent Television and RayPower FM operated by DAAR Communications Group, owned by the People’s Democratic Party chieftain, Raymond Dokpesi.

The commission had, 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.