Twitter: DAAR Communications drags ‘dishonest’ NBC to court


DAAR Communications PLC, owners and operators of Africa Independent Television, Raypower FM and Faaji Radio, has said that they will go to court to challenge the National Broadcasting Commission’s stance on the suspension of Twitter.

In a statement issued signed by the management, DAAR Communications said once the strike by Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria is over, a lawsuit will be instituted against the NBC as the suspension by  the FG does not represent any law as contemplated by the National Broadcasting Code.

“AIT, Raypower and Faaji Radio have suspended the use of their Twitter handles but will challenge the NBC directives in court as soon as judiciary workers suspend their ongoing strike,” the statement read in part.

Recall that the NBC, in a statement on Monday, directed all broadcast stations across the nation to suspend their patronage of Twitter and stop using it as a source of news. The directive also demands that they deactivate their accounts on the microblogging site.

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This followed the ban of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government over the use of the platform for ‘activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria’.

NBC quoted from Sections 2 (1), 3.11.2 as well as 5.6.3 of the NBC Act.

Nigerians reacted with shock and anger last week Friday after the Federal Government announced the indefinite suspension of the operations of micro-blogging and social networking service, Twitter in the country.

The suspension was in response to twitter’s decision last Wednesday to delete a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari in which he threatened to treat those attacking security agencies “with the language they understand”.