Connect with us

News

Court Halts Buhari, NBC’s Closure Of Broadcast Stations

Published

on

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission to discontinue the revoking of licenses and shut down of 53 broadcast stations in Nigeria over their alleged failure to renew their licenses.

Last week, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and the Nigerian Guild of Editors filed a lawsuit against the president and NBC.

Justice Akintayo Aluko (Court 8), granted an order of interim injunction following the hearing of an argument on motion exparte by the.

In the lawsuit, SERAP and NGE asked the court to declare section 10(a) of the Third Schedule to the NBC Act as unconstitutional and unlawful, as it violates freedom of expression.

They also prayed the court for “an order of interim injunction restraining Buhari and NBC, their agents from revoking the licenses of 53 broadcast stations in the country and shutting their down operations, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed contemporaneously in this suit.”

READ ALSO: Brazil Election: Bolsonaro And Lula Trade Insults In First Debate.

The suit followed the decision by the NBC to revoke the licenses of the 53 broadcast stations and shut down their operations within 24 hours over alleged N2.6 billion debt.

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1582/2022, SERAP and the NGE are asking the court to determine “whether section 10(a) of the Third Schedule to the NBC Act used by the NBC to threaten revoke the licenses of 53 broadcast stations and shut them down is not in inconsistent with freedom of expression and access to information.”

SERAP and the NGE are also seeking “a declaration that section 10(a) of the National Broadcasting Act used by the NBC to unilaterally revoke the licenses of the broadcast stations and shutdown the stations is a violation of the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed right to fair hearing.”

The suit has been adjourned to 8th September, 2022 for the hearing of the Motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction.

Facebook Comments

Copyright © 2021 AN24.net