November 28, 2022

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MRA information FOI go well with in opposition to NBC


Media Rights Agenda (MRA) introduced that it has filed a Freedom of Data (FOI) go well with on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos in opposition to the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) for its refusal to behave on the group’s data request in search of particulars of funds of license charges by broadcasting stations and platforms working in Nigeria and the quantity of indebtedness of every station owing license charges.

MRA is asking the Courtroom to declare the NBC’s failure to offer it with the data it requested a breach of its proper of entry to data in addition to a flagrant violation of the FOI Act and to order the Fee to pay it N1 million as exemplary and aggravated damages for unlawfully denying it the data.

The NBC and the Legal professional-Basic of the Federation are named as Respondents within the go well with filed on behalf of MRA by freedom of expression lawyer, Mr. Alimi Adamu, together with Ms Obioma Okonkwo, Mr. Monday Arunsi and Ms Opeyemi Yakubu.

In a movement ex-parte introduced pursuant to Order 34, Guidelines 1, 3(1) and (2) of the Federal Excessive Courtroom (Civil Process) Guidelines 2009 and Sections 1(3) and 20 of the FOI Act, MRA is in search of go away of the courtroom to use for a overview of the NBC’s motion pursuant to the FOI Act and to hunt the next reliefs:

· A declaration that the NBC’s denial of entry to MRA of the data it requested by a letter dated August 22, 2022 constitutes a violation of the group’s rights of entry to data established and assured by Part 1(1) and 4 of the FOI Act;

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· A declaration that the NBC’s failure and/or refusal to offer MRA a written discover that entry to all or a part of the data it requested wouldn’t be granted with causes for the denial and the part of the FOI Act upon which the Fee relied to disclaim the group entry to the data requested quantities to a flagrant violation of Part 4 (b) and seven (1) of the FOI Act;·

A declaration that by its failure to offer MRA entry to all or a part of the data utilized for in its letter dated August 22, 2022, inside the time restrict set out within the Act, the NBC is deemed to have refused to offer MRA entry to the data requested, as supplied underneath Part 7(4) of the FOI Act;

An order directing the NBC to reveal or make accessible to MRA a listing of all broadcasting stations and platforms working in Nigeria licensed by the Fee; the quantity that every of them is required to pay as license charges; the standing of cost of every of the station from the date of its license to August 22, 2022; for these licensed broadcasting stations which can be owing, the quantity of indebtedness and the interval lined by the quantity; and for broadcasting firms owned by varied State Governments included within the checklist of the broadcasting stations whose broadcast licenses had been revoked by the Fee as introduced by its Director-Basic in his press briefing on August 19, 2022 a breakdown of the quantity of indebtedness by every of the radio stations and every of the tv stations owned by the respective State-owned broadcasting firms.

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An order directing the NBC to deposit the data requested by MRA with the courtroom pending the dedication of the go well with;·

An order directing the NBC to pay to MRA the sum of N1 million as exemplary and aggravated damages for the flagrant and illegal violation of the group’s proper of entry to data; and An order directing the Legal professional-Basic of the Federation to provoke felony proceedings in opposition to the NBC for the offence of wrongful denial of entry to data underneath Part 7 (5) of the FOI Act.