Zamfara tenders apology, reverses order to shut down NTA, other private media houses

Zamfara State Government has apologised and reversed the order to shut 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 opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). The affected media stations are the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Pride FM, Gamji TV, and FM, Al-Umma TV.

The State governor, Bello Matawalle, also ordered the suspension of political meetings and activities in the affected communities.

However, the Chairman of the State Committee on Prosecution of banditry and related offences, Abdullahi Shinkafi, on Tuesday 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.

Shinkafi also raised an alarm that Boko Haram terrorists are infiltrating the State, occupying Mutu village in the Mada community, which informed the State government’s decision to shut down Mada and other towns to tackle the activities of the terrorists and to restore peace in the troubled communities.

He, however, called on citizens of the State to come together irrespective of their political affiliation to fight and flush out the terrorists in the State and bring about peace and stability for the people to go about carrying out their lawful businesses without fear of terror.

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