24 hours after resumption of transmission, armed security men besiege AIT/Ray Power
Barely 24 hours after it re-opened, heavily armed security operatives of the Nigeria Police and the State Security Service have surrounded the premises of African Independent Television (AIT) after the station came back on air late Friday.
Group Managing Director of DAAR Communications, Mr. Tony Akiotu, speaking to newsmen said shortly after AIT commenced operation, security forces gathered around the station’s premises in what he described as ‘unwarranted threat’.
He decried the action saying the action of the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service was an ‘unwarranted threat’ on AIT. He explained that by 12.30 a.m. Saturday morning, the premises of DAAR Communications Plc was surrounded by security operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service.
“Heavily fortified security operatives were carrying out surveillance on the premises. This is unusual and the motive unclear but the station will not be deterred as the station is still transmitting signals on its national and global beam,” Akiotu said.