The Federal High Court in Abuja has endorsed the terms of settlement agreed upon by National Broadcasting commission and Daar Communications Plc as out of court settlement in the dispute that arose from the suspension of operational licence of the communication giant.
Justice Inyang Ekwo Adopted the seven point terms of settlement dated june 20, 2019 as consent judgement of the court following the decision of parties in the suit also involving federal ministry of information and Attorney general of the federation to resolve the issue out of court.
In the terms of settlement Daar communications Plc agreed to take full editorial responsibility for the use of contempt sourced from social media.
It also agreed to take necessary internal steps to ensure balance in its news coverage especially political commentary across the country . And also to furnish the NBC with a realistic proposal and ensure the prompt payment of the outstanding licence renewal fee for its national network broadcasting fee.
The parties also agreed that Daar communications shall ensure that all programms transmitted on its television and radio station across the country comply with the provision of the NBC Act and the Nigerian broadcasting code.
DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and RayPower FM, had earlier asked the court to restrain the NBC from interfering in its operations pending the determination of the motion on interlocutory injunctions before the court.
In an application filed by Daar Communications Plc after the NBC suspended the operating licences of its Africa Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM, the judge granted the leave for the out of court settlement after Maliki Sylvanus, holding brief for Mike Ozekhome, counsel for DAAR Communication PLC, made an oral application that parties in the proceedings were in for out of court settlement.
The defence counsel, in the matter, did not raise any objection to the application for settlement.
After endorsing the terms of settlement Justice Inyang Ekwo further advice both the regulatory body and the media to ensure that they work in accordance .
The terms of settlement was jointly signed by goup managing director of DAAR communication plc, Tony Akiotu and the director general of the National broadcasting commission, Kawu Moddibo