By TERYIMA ANDREW-
Management of the private radio station which was earlier shutdown by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission NBC on the 1st of March 2019 is demanding for the reopening of the media outfit unconditionally.
Managing Director (JayFm) Mr. Clinton Garuba in a press release sent to Journalists in Jos, Plateau state on Thursday, insisted that the station never committed any wrong to have warranted the punishment it’s undergoing through NBC.
“You would recall that Jay FM Jos was shut down under controversial circumstances on 1st March, 2019 by the NBC. In a letter signed by its Jos Zonal Director, the commission alleged that the Station’s continued broadcast may lead to break down of law and order.”
According to Mr. Clinton, NBC was not fair to to JayFm on it judgment to have shutdown it station after it underwent some disciplinary actions from the commission earlier, ad paid fine.
“Referring to two instances when the Station was sanctioned few days to the 2019 Presidential Elections, the first being a N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine on 16th February, 2019 for airing a News Commentary titled “Does Buhari Deserve a Second Term?” written by Chris Gyang a listener, and the second being a warning on 18th February, 2019 for airing a News Sound Bite by Bishop David Abioye charging his followers on how they should vote, the commission accused Jay FM of glamourizing Alhaji Atiku Abubakar the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in that election, and broadcasting divisive content in respectively.”
It said JayFm management have suffered untold hardship in the hands of security operatives.
“You would also recall that a day before the shutdown on Thursday 28th February, 2019, at about 3:00pm, operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, stormed our premises and demanded that the Station Manager Mr. Mangna Wamyil follows them to their office. Being that the Station Manager was not available at that time, they insisted that a senior staff goes with them, hence they took the Head of Engineering Mr. Ojingwa Oji, who was eventually released around 5pm the same day on the condition that the Station Manager reports to their office the following day at 10:30am. On 1st March, 2019, the next day, the Station Manager reported to the DSS and was questioned about the robust coverage Jay FM gave to the impasse in Jos North Local Government Area when results of February 23rd Presidential and National Assembly Elections were cancelled in Tudun Wada/Kabong Ward which handed the All Progressives Congress, APC, an advantage, and the inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to announce election results in the Northern Senatorial Zone of Plateau State. The Station Manager was later released and asked to return with the Managing Director by 5pm.”
JayFm managing director however said the matter is before the court of Justice, and appealed for calm from it supporters, for justice to take it cause.
“To our supporters and thousands of online followers, we owe you a debt of gratitude for the solidarity, love, and concern you have shown us throughout this dark period. We appreciate every one of you in ways you cannot begin to imagine. You are our strength and you give us the courage to soldier on. We also wish to apologize for persuading you not to demonstrate your dissatisfaction through the vehicle of protests and mass action against the NBC believing that an administrative solution was better.” Mr Clinton stressed.