Zamfara Shuts Down Four Media Houses For Attending PDP Rally

The Zamfara State Government, on Saturday, closed down one radio station and three television stations for allegedly violating professional ethics.

Disclosing this in a radio broadcast, Ibrahim Dasara, the state’s information commissioner, said the media houses were Al-umma TV, NTA, Gamji TV, and Pride FM radio, all in Gusau, the state capital.

According to Dasara, the stations were shut down for attending a political rally organised by the opposition the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, despite the state government banned on such political activity for security reasons.

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He said, “The state government has suspended all political activities in the state due to insecurity challenges but the PDP ignored the order and held a rally in Gusau, the state capital where one person was killed and 18 others were injured.

“The four Media houses, NTA, Gamji TV, Al-umma TV and Pride FM radio were also at the event to cover the occasion in spite of the fact they were aware of the ban on political rallies by the state government.

“In view of this, the four media houses are hereby closed down with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile, the government has ordered security agents to arrest any staff of the affected stations who tries to go into the stations to perform any duty.