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.
The shutting down of AIT and Ray power FM indicated that Nigeria was now under a dictatorship, Atiku said.
In a tweet, Atiku 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.”
NBC DG, Modibbo Kawu announced the suspension DAAR Communications Plc on Thursday evening to 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 among others was responsible to the ban.
Kawu insisted that the suspension followed the persistent violation of 2004 broadcasting Code.