Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor, Oyo State requesting him to immediately halt all further eviction and demolition of Fresh FM building and to show full respect for the safety and dignity of residents and owner of Fresh FM.
In the letter signed today by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale the organization also urge the Oyo state government to immediately begin repairs of the Fresh FM building and to adequately compensate the radio station and its owner and publicly guarantee non-repetition.
The organization urged Ajimobi to “ensure full and effective respect for the rights to freedom of expression and media freedom in Oyo State. The organization requested the government to take this step within 7 days from today, failing which it will take national and international legal actions to compel the government to act in the interest of the rule of law.
SERAP said the demolition was neither done in the public interest nor carried out to achieve a legitimate aim.
It added that this action has created a high level of uncertainty among many media organizations in Oyo State about the future because of the likelihood of their buildings being demolished when they are deemed to broadcast views which the Oyo State authorities may consider too critical or ‘defamatory’.