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Daar Communications settles with NBC, withdraws court case

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Daar Communications Plc (the owners of AIT and RayPower FM) has withdrawn their case against the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The decision to withdraw the case came following an agreement between the Daar Comm and NBC.

Recall that Naija Buzz on Friday reported how Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the NBC to release the license of Daar Communication and allow it go back on air pending the determination of the case filed against it by Daar Comm Plc.

Nduka Obaigbena, the President of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, revealed details of the peace talk earlier today.

Read Mr. Obaigbena’s statement in parts;

“The NBC also raised concerns about the non-adherence of the DAAR Communications group (AIT/Ray Power) to the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, despite repeated interactions on same; the NBC then cited lack of editorial balance by DAAR Communications as well as the lingering issue of non-payment of national network license fees by DAAR Communications.

“DAAR Communications Plc. defended its position saying it gives its team freedom to make editorial commentary on issues of the day relying on Section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution guaranteeing freedom of Expression, freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas without interference.

“DAAR stated it had made some payments on account to the NBC but acknowledged that there were some defaults in the payment plan they submitted to the NBC, and explained that the defaults were due to decisions jointly reached,” the president of NPAN said.

The peace meeting was attended by Raymond Dokpesi, the founder of Daar Communications; Sam Amuka, the Publisher of Vanguard Newspaper; Ismaila Funtua, a former president of NPAN; and Modibbo Kawu, the Director General of the NBC, who had last week announced the suspension of AIT/RayPower FM.

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