The radio station had alleged moves by the state government to seal its office, following interviews with politicians belonging to opposition parties. Yero who spoke through his media aide, Ahmed Mauyaki, said government only sent a letter to the station demanding clarifications on tax payment.
“I don’t see how that amounts to intimidation. There is no attempt to close the radio station,” he said.
ATAR Communications, owners of the radio station have dragged the government to court over alleged intimidation and attempt to shut the station.
“We have noticed the unfortunate and failed attempts by Alhaji Tijjani Ramalan, owner of the Liberty Radio Station to whip up public sentiment against the Kaduna State government and the person of Governor Ramalan Yero. To set the records straight, the state government and indeed Governor Yero have no powers or intention to shut down any radio station in the state.
“Such power is vested in the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) which is a Federal Government agency. All that the revenue board requests from Liberty Radio is compliance with the tax audit which is in accordance with Section 46 (4) and 48 (4) PITA 1993 (as amended ) and government insists that the radio station remits the backlog of taxes between January 2007 and December 2012”, he added.