14 May 2009


Court directs private radio station to resume transmission

Incident details

Ban lifted

Adaba FM, Radio station
(MRA/IFEX) - On 12 May 2009, a Federal High Court, presided over by Justice C. Okeke, sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, issued a temporary order allowing the privately owned Adaba 88.5 FM radio to resume transmission following the suspension of its broadcast licence by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on 11 May.

The order came at the request of the station, which filed a suit before the Court challenging the sanctions imposed on it by the broadcast regulator for alleged breach of provisions of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code. The station also filed an urgent motion requesting an interim order to re-open the station.

Ruling on the urgent motion, the Court granted the station's appeal for the permission to enforce its fundamental rights to freedom of expression and a fair hearing and directed the parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of a substantive motion on 25 May.

Adaba 88.5 FM filed the suit through its lawyer, Mr. Bashiru Rahmoni, challenging the action of the NBC to suspend its licence for failing to pay the fine imposed on it.

The station denied that it breached any code on 25 April as indicated in the NBC letter suspending its licence, adding that the fine imposed on it by the NBC did not follow the established procedure provided in the Commission’s code.


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