The police and the SSS have reportedly mounted siege outdoors the constructing of the African Unbiased Tv after the station reopened.
In response to Premium Occasions, an official has stated Nigerian safety companies have surrounded the premises of African Unbiased Tv (AIT) after the station reopened Friday.
The personal broadcaster returned on air late Friday after enduring over 24 hours of shutdown by the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC).
The Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja voided the federal government’s suspension of the station’s broadcast licence and requested it to return on air instantly.
However shortly after it commenced operation, safety forces gathered across the station’s premises, in accordance with its group managing director, Tony Akiotu.
As of 12.30 a.m. this morning, the premises of DAAR Communications Plc was surrounded by safety operatives of the Nigeria Police Drive and the State Safety Service, Mr Akiotu stated in a message to PREMIUM TIMES early Saturday.
They got here “closely fortified and finishing up surveillance on the premises,” he added.
Mr Akiotu described the surveillance as “uncommon” and its motive “unclear” however stated the station won’t be deterred by outdoors forces.
“The station continues to be transmitting alerts on its nationwide and world beam,” Mr Akiotu stated, including that the police and SSS’ motion was an “unwarranted menace” to the station.
Police and SSS spokespersons, Frank Mba and Peter Afunanya, respectively, couldn’t be reached for feedback Saturday morning.
Lawyer Calls For Speedy Compliance
In his response to the courtroom order on the AIT closure, a senior lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, requested the federal government to promptly adjust to the order.
“As a vital corollary, they need to additionally instantly withdraw their safety brokers, together with the Police and DSS Operatives, which that they had fortunately deployed yesterday to close down the operations of AIT/Ray Energy,” Mr Ozekhome stated.
“A free and unbiased press ensures transparency, accountability and accountability of the federal government to the individuals on social, political, financial and cultural issues that have an effect on Nigeria and Nigerians,” he added.