The Rivers State Government has shutdown the operations of Africa Independent Television, AIT, and Raypower FM in Port Harcourt.
It also demolished the TV station alongside the Raypower FM owned by Daar Communication.
“The operations were shutdown in an invasion operation by telecommunications engineers contracted by the State Government who were accompanied by armed security operative.”AIT said in a statement on its website.
“The contractors disconnected the wave guard from the antenna on the mast while riggers were seen dismantling the mast.
Meanwhile, bulldozers were also deployed by the Rivers State Government to demolish the Transmitter Complex at the DAAR Communications PLC Broadcast Centre in Port Harcourt.
Management of the Company has been taken by surprise following the sudden turn of events as efforts were in top gear to resolve issues with the State Government amicably but the no notice incident is a heavy source of concern.”
Some of officials of the telecommunications contractor told AIT.live that they were working on directive from above to start demolition on Sunday despite the heavy rains as against a later date.