The Rivers State Government, led by Governor Nyesom Wike, has given Daar Communications, the owners of African Independent Television/Ray Power, 48 hours to vacate the land housing its Port Harcourt transmission station or have it demolished.
According to Newsmen, the development is the result of a feud between Wike and the proprietor of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi.
The governor, however, insists that the eviction order is not a personal vendetta, and that the company has no rights to the enormous grounds it occupies in Rivers state’s capital city.
The most recent eviction notice was issued on March 20, 2023, by Ebere Dennis-Emenike, Permanent Secretary, Rivers Ministry of Works, addressed to “To Whom It May Concern” and titled “Proposed GRA Phase 5 Ozuoba, Port Harcourt Demolition Notice”
It reads, “Following the imminent commencement of the above project, all structure(s) impacting on the right-of-way of the project have been earmarked for demolition including your own. Consequently, you are by this notice requested to remove such structure(s) within forty-eight (48) hours to allow for speedy progress of work.”
In an intervening statement signed by Stanley Job, Chairman, and Ike Wigodo, Secretary, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) pleaded with the Rivers Government not to take laws into its own hands and asked for communication between all parties.
NUJ statement reads, “We appeal to the Rivers State Government to review the quit notice given to Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower Radio Station. The Press and the Rivers State Government have come a long way as partners in pr“We believe proper negotiation and peaceful resolution of the land dispute will serve the Government and people of Rivers better. Whatever the merit of the quit notice, we would not want the world to see the Press in a fight with Rivers State in view of the long-standing mutual relationship.
“NUJ will not be happy to see a Media House in Rivers State demolished over a land dispute that can be resolved peacefully and amicably.”
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