Shutdown: Jos radio station withdraws fresh charges against NBC, seeks relief in nine others

James Abraham,Jos

Jodaj Global Communications,owners of a Jos based private radio station,Jay FM on Wednesday withdrew fresh charges it slammed on the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and its Jos Zonal Director, Mr Igomu Onoja for shutting down the station

The radio station ,however ,refused to withraw the writ of originating summons in which it sought ten reliefs including an order of the court directing the respondents to pay the applicant the sum of N500 million being the general and exemplary damages for loss of income,business opportunities,inability to execute contractual obligations which it entered into with third parties before the shortdown by the respondents

The NBC and its Jos Zonal Director, had last week agreed for an out -of -court settlement before Justice Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court in Jos

But the uncertainty allegedly created by the respondents afterwads was said to have prompted lawyers to the applicants to press fresh charges on Tuesday against the regulatory agency and the zonal director.

The defendants were to be arraigned, on Wednesday when the Radio Station’s Counsel,Mrs Hope Olowokere , announced the withdrawal of the fresh charges.

She said” My lord,we filed a motion experte yesterday on the 14th May 2019. But We are withdrawing that experte motion because as we were filling the application,the respondents opened our clients radio station.

” And my lord this goes to confirm what we said on the 8th May at the last hearing on the matter that they had approached us for settlement. And my Lord,opening the radio station is on the number eight of our ten prayers which we sought in the originating summons.

“we believe it is a good step. We therefore want an adjournment to enable us further negotiate on other reliefs as sought for in the originating summons”

The NBC who was represented in court by its Zonal Director,Mr Igomu did not object to the applicant’s submission

Justice Kurya held: “In the circumstance, this application is granted as prayed.The applicant’s counsel must play significant role to ensure that the remaining issues are resolved finally in a give and take manner.

He therefore adjourned the case to July 1,2019