By Sunday John
Lafia – Labaran Maku National Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance has condemned the demolition of Breeze 99.9 FM Radio Station, Lafia by the Nasarawa State Government.
Maku, a former Information Minister, who condemned the action while speaking with newsmen in Lafia on Monday, said the demolition was an attack on the media.
He said that in a democracy where the press had the freedom to operate freely backed up by the law nobody should try to suppress the media.
Maku said that the demolition of a private station by the government was an affront to the Freedom of Information Act in the country.
He said that the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) needed to protest against the impunity and protect its members to prevent more of such actions against the media.
Maku described that the destruction of the first private radio station ever established in the state capital as “unfortunate’’.
He noted that it was the state governor himself who commissioned the station in March.
“So why will the same government demolish the same station it commissioned after two months,” Maku said.
He said that the excuse that the station was operating in a private residence should have been resolved amicably.
In his reaction, the Proprietor of Breeze FM, Nawani Aboki said the action of the government was highly questionable as the reason given for carrying out the demolition was absurd.
Aboki threatened to take legal action against the government, adding that the station would come out stronger and vibrant.
Mr Adamu Sule, the Managing Director of Nasarawa State Urban Development Board also reacting, said that the radio station was among other buildings demolished for not complying with approved land laws.
The state government officials demolished Breeze 99.9 FM. on May 20.