The premises of the African Independent Television, AIT, has reportedly been surrounded by Operatives of Nigerian Security Agencies, following its reopening on Friday, June 7.
This disclosure was made by the Media House’s Group Managing Director, Tony Akiotu.
Akiotu disclosed that Security Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and the Department of State Security Services, DSS, surrounded the premises of DAAR Communications Plc, at 12:30am, on Saturday, June 8.
According to Akiotu, the Security Operatives came “heavily fortified and carrying out surveillance on the premises.”
While describing the surveillance as “unusual” and its motive “unclear”, Akiotu, however, insisted that the station will not be deterred by outside forces.
He said: “The station is still transmitting signals on its national and global beam.”
Akiotu added that the Police and DSS’ action was an “unwarranted threat” to the station.
Recall, that Newsmen previously reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, ordered the reopening of AIT and Ray Power FM.
In the ruling, Justice Ekwo Inyang ordered the parties to maintain status quo, as the situation was as at on Friday, May 31, when the processes were filed.
Justice Ekwo asked the parties to appear before the court, on Thursday, June 13, to show cause why the motion on notice challenging the action of the regulatory agency should not be granted.