Film and Video Censors Board seizes N150m pirated materials

National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) in a fresh move to protect approved brand in Nigeria’s film industry, has seized pirated materials worth N150 million at the Alaba International market in Lagos.

The seized pirated materials seized include CDs, videos CDs and literary works are valued at N150 million

The Board’s Director-General, Adedayo Thomas, speaking on the seizure in Lagos said they was made between may and October this year, following the information the board gathered from some people at the market regarded as the hub for piracy.

He explainED that by November 30, the board will start the court proceedings of those arrested for piracy.

Thomas likened piracy to a murder case, robbery or economy sabotage where the suspect wanted to reap where he or she did not sow

He said that the legitimate owners were usually subjected to huge debts and loss.

“The board is going hard on piracy. We are working seriously to reduce piracy to its barest minimum in our environment. The board will go on street campaigns and to secondary schools to enlighten them not to patronise pirated materials and explain the implications of doing so on the rightful owners,” he said.

The DG said the board also frowned at nude movies saying they are not part of our culture.

He said that nude movies always had negative impacts on the lives of the masses and is an abuse of the society.

“We are not going to accept that as we had not done in the past. We are going hard on banning such movies from being shown on air,” Thomas said.

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