Nigeria: SSS Raids AIT Abuja Office, Carts Away Tapes

Regulation & Policy

The State Security Services (SSS) raided the Abuja office of the African Independent Television (AIT) on April 17th and reportedly carted away transmission tapes of the station. The raid took place barely 48 hours after the company's transmitters and transmission equipment were razed by fire on Sunday disrupting transmission of both AIT and RayPower signals in Lagos area.

A staff of the station who did not want to be named said the SSS officials stormed the Abuja premises of AIT at about 2.55 pm accompanied by a detachment of mobile policemen, while another batch of officials arrived 10 minutes later and joined their colleagues in taking away transmission tapes available including that of a documentary on President Olusegun Obasanjo being aired at the time.

He said management of the station was still appraising the situation with a view to making a public statement. When contacted on telephone, SSS spokesman, Ado Muazu, confirmed the incident and said that the organisation raided the outfit because of a report aired earlier in the day which the service considered as having security implication.

This Day Lagos, April 18, 2007