See Why Zamfara Govt Shut Down Broadcast Stations

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle

The reason why Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State ordered the shutting down of some broadcast stations on Saturday night has emerged.

VANTAGE NEWS reports that the stations shut down by the Zamfara government include the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Gusau, Federal Radio Corporation Pride FM Gusau, Al’umma TV, Gamji FM, and Gamji TV.

Recall that the order for the closure of the television and radio stations was announced on Zamfara Radio by the information commissioner in the state, Ibrahim Dosara.

The Zamfara State government also asked the state police commissioner, Kolo Yusuf, to ensure full compliance with the order, despite not giving any reason for taking such steps beyond saying the stations violated government order and journalism practice.

Sources have told Premium Times that Governor Matawalle shut down the stations because they went ahead to broadcast the campaign event of the governorship candidate of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dauda Dare, on Friday, despite a ban on political activities.

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