The administration of Jay FM Jos on Thursday referred to as on the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee, NBC, to free itself from “political manipulation” by individuals who wield energy in excessive locations, and from individuals who have conscripted themselves within the military of enemies of “liberty, justice, and freedom” within the nation.
The administration additionally acknowledged that it has credible info that the powers-that-be in Plateau State in collaboration with these within the presidency had been behind the continual shutdown of the radio station.
They stated on account of the aforementioned, the group is left with no possibility however to hunt authorized redress in a court docket of regulation.
Jay FM, by means of its Chief Govt Officer/Managing Director, Clinton Garuba, acknowledged this in Jos, the state capital.
Clinton stated, “It has turn into incumbent for us at Jay FM Jos to talk as a observe as much as our Press Convention of 2nd March, 2019, and hopefully, an replace to our indefatigable followers, followers, listeners, and supporters on the standing of the station and the state of our battle.
“Importantly, we need to use the momentous alternative of to name on the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee, NBC, the regulator of broadcasting in Nigeria, to free itself from political manipulation by individuals who wield energy in excessive locations, and those that have conscripted themselves within the military of the enemies of liberty, justice, and freedom in Nigeria.”
It might recalled that Jay FM Jos was shut down underneath controversial circumstances on 1st March, 2019 by the NBC.
NBC had, in a letter signed by its Jos Zonal Director, alleged that the station’s continued broadcast could result in breakdown of regulation and order.
The Fee referred to 2 cases when the Station was sanctioned few days to the 2019 Presidential Elections, the primary being a N100, 000 superb on 16th February, 2019 for airing a Information Commentary titled “Does Buhari Deserve a Second Time period?” written by Chris Gyang a listener, and the second being a warning on 18th February, 2019 for airing a Information Sound Chunk by Bishop David Abioye charging his followers on how they need to vote.
The Fee at the moment accused Jay FM of glamourizing Alhaji Atiku Abubakar the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP in that election, and broadcasting divisive content material respectively.
Nonetheless, the Managing Director stated, “Whereas speaking the directive to close down the station believed to have been handed down from above, the NBC failed to present one occasion from the final sanction of 18th February, 2019 to 1st March, 2019, the shutdown day, whether or not Jay FM was concerned in any type of breach or improper conduct that might warrant a heavy and unfair sanction as a shutdown, particularly because it quantities to double jeopardy to difficulty punishment a second time for a similar offence.”