The Association of Cable Operators of Nigeria (ACON) said they have lost over NGN 500 million in revenue after a raid, seizure of equipment and arrest of some of their colleagues by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), reports CommunicationsWeek. Three cable television stations, namely CAN TV, Metro TV and CTL in Port Harcourt, were raided for allegedly rebroadcasting Digital Satellite Television content. ACON alleged that the EFCC also damaged equipment during the raid.
Kunle Afolabi, national chairman of the association, condemned the action of the anti-graft agency. He added that members of the association did not violate any law by operating cable television multi-point microwave distribution system, having obtained licences from the National Broadcasting Commission for such operation. He said the government should ensure that they treat all cable television stations equally so that customers will have different options and enjoy various programmes, as is done in other parts of the world.
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