Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has lifted the suspension placed on the Daar Communication, owners of African Independent Television, AIT and Ray Power FM.

NBC director general Isaq Modibbo Kawu announced the settlement on Friday an agreement was reached by both parties.

Modibbo Kawu, Director-General Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC
Modibbo Kawu, Director-General Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC

The settlement, he said, is based on the fulfilment of some conditions.

NBC in May sent two separate letters to Daar Communications Group before the suspension of its stations over programme contents it considered unprofessional.

The letters signed by the commission’s broadcast monitoring director Armstrong Idachaba accused the stations of airing “offensive, unfair and unprofessional” content in violation of broadcasting rules in Nigeria.

DAAR Communications chairman, Raymond Dokpesi accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the NBC to stifle press freedom in the country.

Dokpesi, who pioneered ownership of private media houses in Nigeria, also lamented the imposition of N500m in licensing fees to private broadcasting organisations while government-owned broadcasters paid N10m.