Zamfara Govt Apologises, Withdraws Order Shutting Down Media Houses

Written by on October 18, 2022

The Zamfara State Government has apologised for shutting down five broadcast stations in the state.

The government ordered the closure of some media houses in Gusau, the state capital, for providing coverage for a political rally organised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The affected media stations are the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Pride FM, Gamji TV, and FM, Al Umma TV.

Matawalle also ordered the suspension of political meetings and activities in the affected communities.

Speaking on the issue, Abdullahi Shinkafi, Chairman of the State Committee on Prosecution of banditry and related offences, apologised to the media during a press conference on Monday.

He said that based on the controversies generated by the government’s decision and the power given to NBC, the government cannot shut down any broadcasting organisations.

According to him, the five media houses are free to operate but they must abide by the Executive order of the governor, pending the vacation of the order.


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