By Chux Odoh
Nigerian rapper and actor, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz The Bahd Guy, has lived up to his vow as he’s filed a lawsuit challenging the ban placed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on his song, “This is Nigeria”.
Court documents were filed on behalf of the rapper by his lawyers, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law), on November 6, 2018, three months after the commission fined JODAJ Global Communications Limited in Jos for playing the record, before proceeding to ban it along with other songs.
In the letter sent to JODAJ Global Communications Limited, the commission stated that its reason for banning the son was because the lyrics are vulgar and in contravention of the NBC Code.
Many Nigerians online including celebrities and fans of the rapper criticized NBC for the ban, stating it was unfair and that the song contained no vulgar language but spoke about the situation in the country.
Falz had previously hinted during an interview in August that he would write to the NBC to know their reason for the ban and if necessary, seek legal redress in the courts.
The Originating Summons reveals that Falz is seeking, among other things, for:
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.
See the court documents as obtained:
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