Court refuses to vacate judgement stopping NBC from imposing fines on media houses

Court refuses to overturn ruling barring NBC from imposing fines on media companies

An appeal by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) seeking an order quashing a judgment that restrained the commission from imposing fines on broadcasting stations in the country, has been dismissed by Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Justice Omotosho rejected all the pleas raised by NBC, describing them as an afterthought.

He noted that despite having received the original process and hearing notices in the case that led to the trial, the commission did not present its defense. Omotosho also said that contrary to NBC’s argument that it was not notified of the court proceedings leading to the trial, the court record showed that services were performed at NBC but were not filed and they refused to appear.

The Judge also stated that there was also a statement of facts deposed by the bailiff who confirmed that the legal proceedings were notified to the commission on different occasions.

Justice Omotosho had in May given a perpetual injunction order prohibiting NBC from imposing fines on broadcasters. He said the NBC Code, which gives the commission the power to impose sanctions, is in conflict with Section 6 of the Constitution, which gives judicial power to the court.


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