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AIT: Nigerians react to shut down of TV station and Raypower

Different reactions have greeted the shut down of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower by the Federal Government on Thursday.

The shutdown of the media outlets following the suspension of the licence of Daar Communications Plc, owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM until further notice by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

According to the Director-General of NBC, Modibbo Kawu, the action was taken over the failure of the company to abide by the broadcasting code.

He said some of the offences the stations committed included the airing of a Presidential election documentary by the AIT, a matter pending before a tribunal; the inability of the company to pay its fees, the use of “divisive and inciting contents from the social media,” and others.

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The development has, however, elicited diverse reactions from Nigerians who took to Twitter to air their mind.

According to some of them, the suspension is a welcome development as the company has been biased in its reportage.

Other described it as a gag on the press and lamented that it is an attack on Nigeria’s democracy by the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

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