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Nigeria: Protesters Attack Freedom Radio

Thousands of protesters marched on the Kano-based private radio station, Freedom Radio and destroyed its transmitter and other facilities. Four station workers, including security men and duty officers, were injured when the protesters attacked the building at about 4.35pm on April 2nd.

The protesters were demonstrating against an earlier programme aired by the station over the ongoing Maulud celebration. Distraught officials of the radio station told newsmen shortly after the protesters were dispersed by the police that they were attacked by thousands of people who came in buses and other vehicles.

Transmission was cut off immediately after the attack which burnt down the 10 kilowatts transmitter situated at the Kandahar site, few metres away from the main station. After failed attempts to gain entry into the building, the protesters vandalised the transmitter to put transmission on hold, but few hours later the radio began temporary transmission from its 2 kilowatts back-up facility situated within the main building.

A senior official at the station who pleaded for anonymity said the Dutse transmitter is also put on alert for possible transmission as the 2 kilowatt transmitter cannot run for long. Daily Trust learnt that when the protesters came they first demanded to see the producer of the programme, Malam Usman Usman, or the station would be destroyed.

Investigation by our reporters shows that the protesters were there to protest what they called deliberate attempt by the station to allow a section of preachers to criticise the ongoing Maulud celebrating currently being marked by Muslims all over the world.

The Daily Trust

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