The Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN) has condemned the wanton destruction of Daar Communications PLC’s (owner of African Independent Television and Raypower) building and equipment by the Rivers State Government, which occurred on Monday, 4th September, 2023.
A statement by the Chairman of IBAN, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce described the Rivers State Government’s action as self-help, illegal, and an abuse of the legal order prejudicial to the country’s nascent democracy.
It noted that the dispute on the land between Daar Communications PLC and Rivers State Government is still a subject of litigation before a court of competent jurisdiction. IBAN views the action of the Rivers State Government as an attempt to intimidate and silence the media, which is the watchdog of the society. It calls on the Rivers State
Government to stay action and allow the judicial process to prevail on the matter.