NBC Suspension Of AIT, Raypower: An Attempt To Gag The Media, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has described the suspension of the operating licence of DAAR Communications PLC, the parent company of Africa Independent Television (AIT), and Ray Power 100.5 FM, as an attempt to gag media.

The PDP in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said, it is evident that the attack on AIT is targeted at intimidating and gaging the media, repress constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and stifle public opinion, particularly as related to the determination by Nigerians to retrieve the stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal.

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The party also described the suspension as a clampdown on AIT noting that it is a plot to frighten and asphyxiate the media.

They accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of attempting to strangle the media adding that the Director-General of the NBC, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, is a card-carrying member of APC.

The APC is mortally afraid that a free press will raise the red flag and expose its manipulations and any attempt to subvert the course of justice, especially in the Presidential petition, hence this desperation to strangulate the media and cow Nigerians from freely expressing themselves.

Moreover, the PDP invites Nigerians to note that the Director-General of the NBC, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, is a card-carrying member and frontline leader in the APC who was also an aspirant on the platform of the party for the governorship of Kwara state.

The PDP notes that there can be no democracy without a free press. To stifle the media is an invitation to fascism and a return to the era of obnoxious military Decrees 2 and 4, which must be resisted by all.

Our party, therefore, calls on Nigerians and the International community to unite in condemning this desperation to gag the media and repress free speech in Nigeria.”

The NBC on Thursday announced the suspension of the licences of the AIT and Ray Power FM belonging to the Daar Communications Limited.

The NBC Director-General, Kawu, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja. He said the shutdown of the media houses was until further notice.

The DG said the infractions committed by the media houses included their inability to pay their licence renewal fees and the airing of a Presidential election documentary while the matter was still before a tribunal, among others.

Police Barricade Entrance To DAAR Communications Office After NBC Sanction

PHOTO: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

 

Some Police officers have barricaded the entrance to the Abuja office of DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower and Faaji FM on Friday morning.

Workers who tried to gain entrance into the premises were stopped following the suspension placed on the media outfit by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

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NBC said that DAAR Communications is allegedly unable to pay the license renewal fees, used as a medium to spread hate speeches, as well as being used for selfish political ends.

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Fayose Hails John Momoh’s Emergence As BON Chairman

Fayose, John MomohGovernor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has hailed the election of Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, as the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He extolled Mr Momoh’s virtues as an ace broadcaster and veteran journalist whose hard work and expertise as a media entrepreneur has earned him several deserving awards.

He highlighted his national award as an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), his 2014 Planet Africa Awards for Excellence in Leadership among others, as well deserved honour.

Mr Fayose believes that broadcasting in Nigeria is set on a dynamic and prosperous course with Mr Momoh now in the saddle.

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Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh

“It is heartwarming to commend Mr John Momoh for emerging the first professional and private television entrepreneur to become the chairman of the BON.

“Mr. Momoh is a core professional who has practised his trade in broadcasting with sound judgment and strict adherence to its ethical tenets.

“He has brought his professionalism to bear on the management of the Channels Television which has since emerged as a leading broadcasting station in the country as well as a multiple award winning 24-hour news television channel.

“Momoh is widely recognized in Nigeria as a transformative industry pioneer with his 37-year-long career in news television broadcasting.

“Little wonder he was included in a new book by veteran journalists and ex-helmsmen of The Daily Sun newspapers, Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe, titled ‘50 WORLD EDITORS — Conversations with Journalism Masters on Trends and Best Practices’, where his success story and that of Channels TV is chronicled as a chapter.

“While I wish him a great time as BON helmsman, I want to urge him to continue to adhere to the ethical tenets guiding the trade and also protect the sanctity of the noble profession,” Governor Fayose said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi.

Mr John Momoh was elected as Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) at the annual delegate conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Abuja.

He polled 51 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Abbas Dalhatu from Freedom Radio, Kano who scored 12 votes.

This is the first time a private television media owner would be holding this position.

Court Grants Raymond Dokpesi Bail

dokpesiAfter about two weeks of legal fireworks, the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday granted bail to the former chairman of the Africa Independent Television (AIT), Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

Raymond Dokpesi was granted bail with two sureties each of whom must have properties worth 200 million Naira which must be verified by an established estate surveyor.

The sureties must swear to an affidavit of means that in the event that the accused is not available for trial, the properties will be forfeited to the government.

Chief Dokpesi is also to deposit his international passport with the court.

Chief Dokpesi pleaded not guilty to a 6-count charge of fraudulent and corrupt act preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

Justice Gabriel Kolawole however held that Chief Dokpesi must not be re-arrested and if there is any need to investigate him, the anti-graft agency should contact his lawyer who will provide him within the hours of 10am and 6.30 pm.

He ordered that the accused be remanded in Kuje prison if his bail conditions were not met.

The trial has been adjourned till February 2, 2016 .

Chief Dokpesi was first arraigned on Wednesday before a Federal High Court presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

In count one of the charge, Chief Dokpesi and DAAR Investment and Holding Company Limited were accused of receiving public funds to the tune of 2.1 billion Naira from the office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the funding of media activities for the 2015 presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contrary to Section 58 Sub-section Four B of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

FG Files Fresh Application, Dasuki Denies Implicating Anyone

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The trial of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo‎ Dasuki has again been stalled following the filing of a fresh application by the federal government seeking to stop the execution of the bail granted to the accused person on November 3, 2015.

At the resumed hearing, lawyer to the federal government, Mr Oladipo Okpeseyitan said that he had just been briefed to handle the case through a fiat of the Attorney General of the Federation authorizing him to take over the prosecution of the case.

He also told the court that he has filed a new application seeking to stay the execution or further execution of the order of the court delivered on November 3, 2015.

He added that the ‎federal government was not in disobedience of the order of the court granting bail to the accused person.

Lawyer ‎to the accused person, Mr Ahmed Raji, however, objected to the hearing of the application saying it was not ripe for hearing.

He told the court that he had just been served with the motion in court, adding that he needed time to respond to the motion.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola subsequently adjourned the case till December 8.

Dasuki Denies Implicating Anyone

Meanwhile, the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has denied implicating anyone or group during interrogation on the allegation of $2billion arms purchase deal brought against him by the Federal Government.

Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji, a senior advocate said that his client never made such statement or name anyone to EFCC. He wondered ‎where the authors got their information from.

“I was with Dasuki yesterday and wish to make a categorical statement that my client never made any statement of such nature or naming anybody or group in any statement.

“Quote me anywhere, Dasuki has not done anything like that. It is absolutely untrue. It is the figment of the imagination of the authors aimed at creating falsehood for reasons best known to them and Nigerians should disregard them.

“They are just out to scandalise the man, bring his image and character into disrepute so that his friends and well-wishers can run away from him. They want him deserted and that will fail,” Raji said.

 

 

EFCC Arrests Former Daar Communications Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi

dokpesiThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has arrested the former Chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

He was picked up in Abuja at about noon on Tuesday and was accompanied to the office of the EFCC by his son Raymond Dokpesi Jnr., who is the current Chairman of Daar Communications.

The Head of Media in the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, told Channels Television that Chief Dokpesi was arrested in connection with money disbursed from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

He said that there was no explanation about what the money was meant for and it was pathetic that the office of the NSA was used as “a warehouse to dish out money to people”.

He added that very worrisome is that this hard-earned money is taken from the coffers of the country.

When contacted, Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), lawyer to Dokpesi said that it is a return to authoritarian regime as only last week Daar Communications Holdings, not Dokpesi, was invited by the EFCC to explain alleged contracts to the company from the office of the former National Security Adviser and that tax payments and other documents should be supplied to EFCC.

He said that as far he knew, no contract was gotten from the office of the NSA but that he sent a lawyer from his chamber, Barrister Justine Omogbemeh to accompany Dokpesi to the EFCC office.

“I do not regard this as an arrest. If you are invited by the EFCC that is not the same thing as an arrest. We got this information through a mere phone call. There is no warrant of arrest and as a well-respected obedient nationalist, Chief Dokpesi decided to go and answer the invitation,” he said.

APC To Boycott TV Debates

DebatesThe All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that its presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari, would not be participating in the electioneering public debates on national television and radio, being organised by state owned institutions and media organisations.

The Buhari Campaign Organisation made the declaration on Thursday in a press release.

The party stated that its reason for wanting to boycott such debates is that the set up is fraught with fundamental errors from the outset.

The Buhari Campaign Director of Media, Garba Shehu, in the statement, said that the organizers were wearing the toga of government control, especially being composed mainly of agencies and allies of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He said that General Buhari would exempt himself from such debates being organised by broadcast stations that have denigrated and maligned his person and that of his family.Debates

“A cursory inspection of the composition of NEGD brings into focus the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), National Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Africa Independent Television (AIT, owned by a PDP chieftain).

“The avalanche of inflammatory statements, misinformation and blatant lies being propagated by some of these media against our Party and candidates, contrary to the Kofi Annan brokered Abuja Peace Accord, and the failure of these aggressors to desist and apologise, have left the APC Campaign with no option than to steer clear of any premeditated smear campaign that could be inimical to our prospective electoral success,” Shehu said.

However, the party said that General Buhari had been preparing for debates and would be willing to participate when the organisations involved are considered to be neutral.

Channels Television Wins TV Station Of The Year Award Again

Channels Television wins the "Television Station Of The Year" for the 9th time
Channels Television wins the “Television Station Of The Year” for the 9th time

Channels Television has won the best television station for the 9th time.

The station won the award given by the Nigerian Media Merit Awards on Saturday in Owerri, Imo state south east Nigeria.

Our senior correspondent Ayoola Kassim also clinched the TV reporter of the year award, while several of our correspondents were nominated in various other categories.

Channels Television is one of the 13 independent Television Stations currently broadcasting in Nigeria, since the Federal Government deregulated the broadcast media in 1992.

The station previously bagged the award in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Meanwhile, prominent Nigerians have been reacting to the plethora of awards the station has bagged in 2014.

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who praised the Channels Television for its balanced reportage on sensitive issues bothering the nation, advocated for more private sector involvement in the industry.

Other Nigerians challenged the media to embark on more investigative journalism to put public officials on their toes.

Tee-A Announces 3-Country Tour

Tee-A1Popular stand-up comedian, Tee A, announces a 3-Country Tour as he returns to the international stage with big-budget concerts in three cities and two continents.

His show, Tyme Out with Tee A, is an internationally acclaimed comedy TV show with reach of over 50 countries.

After series of sold-out live edition concerts in Lagos and Abuja, the pioneer stand up act is warming up to go global with the announcement of heading out to the first three cities – London, Johannesburg and Accra – in what promises to be a non-stop world tour during the summer.

Due to popular demand, the show will take place with superstars MC Abbey, Madam Princess, and yet-to-be-announced headline acts and show guests.

“We’re going round to deliver the live edition concerts to our fans in Africa, Europe and elsewhere. The demand has been crazy and I’m glad we can now take the show to the passionate fans who have been asking”, he said in Lagos.

“The success of past editions makes this even more exciting as the concert tour for the first time is moving to London, Johannesburg and Accra. Guests should expect a unique tour comprising of live personality interviews, rib-cracking comedy sketches, musical performances and special guest appearances”, Says Tee A.

The scheduled tour will take place in the last quarter of the year with more details on the dates and venue in each city to be revealed soon.

Several A-list celebrities and artistes like Sean Tizzle, Omotola, Ramsey Nouah, Yvonne Okoro, Funke Akindele, Juilet Ibrahim, Toke Makinwa and other stars are expected in attendance in the new season of the show.

Past live edition guests include D’Banj, Tiwa Savage, Shina Peters, Daddy Showkey and many more big names.

The show will air on Africa Magic, Channels, GHONE, Ghana, LTV, MITV, CRTV Calabar, ITV Benin, NTA Ibadan, STV, AIT Network, Vox Africa and HITV UK.

Tyme Out with Tee-A is a two-time award winning family variety show with a span of over 10 years of celebrity interviews, comedy sketches, fun-based vox pop questions and personality mimicry, which has become a must watch in many homes.

Channels Television Clinches Best Practice Award

Channels Television has been named winner of the Advertising Best Practice Award at the Advertising Standards Panel Awards which held in Lagos recently.

The organisers of the award ceremony, Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria (APCON), had said that Channels Television won for its strict compliance with rules and regulations guiding advertising in Nigeria.

The Chairman, APCON Governing Council, Lolu Akinwumni, commended the Station for being professional in managing its relationship with APCON in line with laid down rules by the Advertising Standards Panel.

Other nominees in the category were AIT, STV and DSTV.

15 other brands and agencies won awards at the event.

Dana Air crash: Coroner issues arrest warrant on Red Cross, Conoil, and Total

The Coroner of Alimosho District in Lagos state, Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, who is conducting an inquest into the recent Dana Air crash, on Thursday, issued a bench warrant on some oil companies and emergency relief agencies, compelling them to appear before him on Monday.

Dana Air crash site in iju ishaga

Those who the bench warrants were issued on include Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Conoil Plc, and Total Nigeria Limited.

The Lagos Coroner gave the order while responding to a submission made by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) whose law firm, Falana and Falana Chambers, petitioned the Lagos State Chief Coroner, Justice Lateefat Okunnu, for an inquiry into the air crash.

At the resumed sitting of the inquest on Thursday, Mr Falana reminded the Coroner that some oil companies and emergency agencies that have been served with summons are yet to appear before it.

The human rights lawyer also suggested that the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force should be ordered to investigate the deaths of people that died on the ground, emphasizing that it is not the responsibility of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB).

He noted that the AIB is only to investigate the causes of the crash of ill-fated Dana airline.

Dana Air Flight 0992 crashed into a residential building in the densely populated Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos on the 3rd of June, 2012, killing all 153 passengers and crew on board and nine people also lost their lives in the affected building.

Magistrate Komolafe and other interested parties also agreed to schedule appearance of more witnesses following the submission of the counsel to the Nigerian Airspace Management, Mr. Obi Okwusogu (SAN).

The Magistrate also directed that any of the witnesses who are submitting deposition should forward it to the court two days before the day they would give evidence.

Video Clips

According to the schedule, Channels Television and AIT are to appear on Monday to show the clips of the crash on the day it happened.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) and Julius Berger, who had earlier been summoned but failed to show up, are scheduled for Tuesday along with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The AIB which was represented by its counsel, Maureen Tsenongo at the hearing where she told the Coroner that she intends to submit a written deposition and requested to make appearance on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 to enable her bring its witness.

The Coroner also granted the request of the counsel to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Mr. Babatunde Irukera and his Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), C. Chiwete to appear on Thursday, August 2, 2012 and Monday, August 6, 2012 respectively.

The court proceeding with the Coroner was then adjourned to Monday, July 30, 2012.