The Nasarawa state High Court has ruled that N67m should be paid as compensation to the owner of a private radio station, 99.9 Breeze FM that was demolished by the Tanko Almakura-led government.
Justice Rose Soji, who presided over the case on Friday stated the evidence presented by the state government for carrying out the demolition on May 20, 2017, were unconstitutional, unfounded and malicious.“I, therefore, award N17,34,500 for special damages and N50m for the general damages incurred over the demolition,” she ruled.
Justice Soji also ordered the state government to make a public apology to Breeze FM.
Ishaku Usman, counsel to the government, commended the ruling of Justice Soji and said his client would do the bidding of the law after due consultation. While the counsel to Breeze 99.9FM, Ucha Olegede, said justice has served in ensuring that the previous government didn’t get away with the destruction of its client private investment.
The Chief Executive of 99.9 Breeze FM, Dr. Nawani Aboki said: “the legal battle is victory for the freedom of the press. Today, we have seen light prevailing over darkness, good triumphing over evil. ”
He added that with the support of the judgement and the people, the radio station would soon back on air.
It would be recalled that despite the approval of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and commissioning of Breeze 99.9 Fm by the immediate former Governor Tanko Almakura, the demolition of the radio station was carried out by the Nasarawa urban Development Board (NUDB) under the claims that the structure was illegally place in residential area.