In Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission has shut down the Ozisa FM radio station in Owere due to certain laws being violated by the broadcaster.
According to Franca Aiyetan, Broadcast Monitoring at NBC, the company broke the law in aggregating broadcasts in Nigeria. In addition, Aiyetan said that an employee of Ozisa FM also went against several NBC rules.
“Several laws were violated by Ozisa FM and their employee, which is why we have banned them,” Aiyetan explained.
“The first is that the license used by Ozisa FM to operate is called ‘Community Licence’, which means that not all information has the right to broadcast, and they violated this law.”
“Secondly, media laws prevent a journalist from joining a political party, but our investigation showed that Nonso (Nkwa) is a member of the ADC (African Democratic Congress).
“And lastly, the law does not allow a journalist to run for any government position, but we found out that Nonso (Nkwa) is running for a government position in the ADC party.”
Aiyetan further stated that they did not shut down Ozisa FM entirely, but it was taken off air for 30 nights to warn them.
In response, Nonso (Nkwa) said that it is true that he is running for a government position, but “there is no law that prohibits me from joining a political party or running for any government position”.
“What the law says is that a person should submit a resignation letter thirty nights before the election,” Nonso Nkwa explained.
The Broadcasting Corporation later released a statement saying that NBC did not shut down their station completely but rather a temporary service interruption.