DAAR Communications PLC, owners, and operators of Africa Independent Television, Raypower FM, and Faaji Radio, has stated its resolve to challenge the National Broadcasting Commission’s stance on the suspension of Twitter announced by the Federal Government.
According to DAAR, this will happen once the strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria is over.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday, June 7, signed by the management of DAAR.
The statement said the ban 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.
1st News had reported that 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.
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’.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has revealed it may consider capital punishment for railway track vandals in the country, Amaechi disclosed.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, said this during a Town Hall Meeting on ”Protecting Public Infrastructure” on Monday, June 7, in Abuja.
According to Amaechi, rail track vandalism is a capital offense; and its consequences should be treated as such.
”I am not quantifying the material cost; what I am quantifying is the lives that will be lost.
”Imagine that a driver of a rail track is driving and suddenly bumps into a track that has been severed what happens? It will derail.
”Each coach in Nigeria carries about 85 passengers, sometimes we carry 14 coaches, sometimes 20.
”So imagine you are carrying a train of 14 or 20 coaches with 85 passengers in each coach; if it derails, can you quantify how many passengers that would have died in the course of one man thinking he is making money.
”So, it is not about the cost but the lives that would have been lost because of few interest.
”Some people have recommended that since these people are killing people if an accident happens people will die; so we should go back to the National Assembly; and pass a law that does not only criminalise the action but consequences should be death,” Amaechi said.