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The National Broadcasting Commission, on Monday, ordered Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola until normal statutory approvals have been requested by the company.

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In a statement signed by Ekanem Antia, the acting Head, Public Affairs of the commission, the NBC gave this directive after it noted that the station went ahead and started test transmission even after its operatives had been reminded by the NBC, Yola State Office.

According to the commission, the company needed to obtain the necessary statutory approvals as stipulated in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code before such a test transmission could commence.

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The state read in part: “The Commission noted that it is regrettable that Daar Communication, as an old licensee of the Commission, will fail to follow due process and would proceed on test transmission on Sunday, April 22, 2018, without clearance from the NBC.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission hereby draws the attention of all, to the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code:

“Section 12.14.4.6 which states thus: “In all cases, a representative of the Commission shall be required for the testing to be conducted on new transmitting equipment.”

“The Commission wishes to re-emphasise that all broadcasters must adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004.”

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