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Court Stops FG, NBC From Shutting Down Broadcast Stations

A federal high court in Lagos has stopped President Buhari and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from revoking the operating licences of 53 broadcast stations in the country.

Justice Akintayo Aluko ordered Buhari and the NBC not to shut down the stations for allegedly failing to renew their licences.

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The judge granted an order of interim injunction during the hearing of a motion expatriate filed by the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Socio Economic and Accountability Project (SERAP).

Both SERAP and Guild of Editors in their application contend that the NBC lacks the constitutional rights to shut down the broadcast stations.

Justice Aluko had adjourned the hearing of the motion for the interlocutory injunction till September 8

NBC had earlier threatened the shutdown of the stations over alleged 2.6 billion naira debts arising from the non-renewal of their operating licences.

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