Folarin Falana, who is popularly known as Falz has filed a lawsuit to seek justice in court over the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC verdict to ban his controversial song, “This is Nigeria”.
The singer had earlier warned to he will sue the corporation if her decision to ban his revelational song, “This is Nigeria” is not invalidated.
According to report from a media source, in the court documents filed through Falz’s lawyers; Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law), on the 6th off November, 2018, Falz queried NBC’s affirmation that the song comprises derogatory lyrics.
Falz, through his lawyer claim, the decision to ban his song is a “breach of right to freedom of thought, conscience and expression as guaranteed under the Nigerian laws”.
In August 2018, NBC sent a letter to JODAJ Global Communications Limited in Jos penalizing them for airing Falz’s song, “This is Nigeria” and placed an embargo on the playing of the song on radio.
Below is what Falz made known to the court about his Issue with NBC
The emanating summons makes known what he is seeking, among others;
- A declaration that the Defendant’s prohibition of the Plaintiff’s song titled “This Is Nigeria” from being aired by the Nigerian media outfits on the pretext that same is laced with vulgar lyrics is in flagrant breach of the Plaintiff’s right to the freedom of thought, conscience and expression as guaranteed under Sections 38 and 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and to that extent, such prohibition is unconstitutional, null and void.
- An Order of this Honourable Court setting aside and/or vacating the decision of the Defendant as contained in the letter dated 6th August 2018 and lifting the ban or proscription of the use of the Plaintiff’s song titled, “This Is Nigeria” by any and all Nigerian media outfit/organizations.
- The sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira to the Plaintiff on the footing of aggravated and exemplary damages for the wrongful and unconstitutional acts of the Defendant.
This is really getting interesting and promising to be a long battle between Falz and the NBC. We will keep you posted as events unfold.
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