Rapper and actor Falz has officially engaged the National Broadcasting Commission in a legal battle over the commission’s ban of his song ‘This Is Nigeria’.
In a recent set of documents obtained it is gathered that Falz has decided to sue the NBC for damages of up to N100 million after his song was placed on ban. The NBC had written a radio station in Jos and sanctioned the play of ‘This is Nigeria’ on the airwaves.
On November, 6th, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law), who represent Falz in legal matters issue a case file against the NBC which reads as follows.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.