The Benin-City-based Independent Television (ITV) went off the airwaves, on Saturday night, after parts of the television and radio station, including the TV studio were gutted by fire.
ITV is owned by the Esama of Benin and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Gabriel Igbinedion. Head of News of the station, Mr. Abiodun Mudashiru, who spoke with journalists claimed that the fire started few minutes after 9:00 p.m., when the station was on live transmission of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) network news.
Mr. Mudashiru, who stated that the TV station had not issued any official statement on the unfortunate incident, also said that firefighters from the Edo State Fire Service, the University of Benin Fire Service and the Military Fire Service prevented the inferno from ravaging the entire building of the station. Some staffers of the station also took journalists round parts of the burnt areas.
A delegation of Edo PDP leaders, including its state chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, a former deputy governor of the state, Lucky Imasuen, and Co-ordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu, were among the early visitors, who came to condole with the station.