A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the reopening of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM. In the ruling, Justice Ekwo Inyang ordered the parties to maintain status quo as the situation was as at Friday, May 31 when the processes were filed.
Justice Ekwo asked the parties to appear before the court on Thursday, June 13 to show cause why the motion on notice challenging the action of the regulatory agency should not be granted. In an ex parte application brought by its lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the owners of the media outfit had on Thursday, June 7 asked the court to order status quo ante bellum pending the determination of the main suit. The matter has been adjourned to Thursday, June 13.
In the suit against the NBC, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Daar claimed that did not breach any broadcast code. It asked the court to grant its prayers in “restraining the defendants from blocking, jamming, stopping removing from air and/or interfering with the air waves of the plaintiff/applicant (Daar Plc) in any way and manner however called from invading the premises of the plaintiff/applicant (Daar Plc) or closing down, viet armis, the said premises, its operations or broadcast services, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.”