Abuja, Dec.15, 2017 (TNE) The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Friday raided the popular Wuse market in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and seized large numbers of uncensored and unclassified films.
Reports say the operation was led by the Executive Director of the board, Mr Adedayo Thomas, in collaboration with the men of the Nigeria Police.
The films seized include “20 in 1 video films”, unclassified foreign and local films, as well as pornographic materials, and one suspect was arrested in the operation.
According to Thomas, the operation is part of the zero-tolerance stand of the board against illegal films and to ensure that owners of films and video works get value from their investments.
“The board has scaled up its enforcement activities for the remaining parts of the year, and this is the beginning of our raids in markets across the FCT and then to the north.
“There is no doubt that these items worth market value huge amount of money, and this will serve as deterrent and also prevent such illegal products from selling in the market at the expense of genuine ones.
“President Buhari has declared a total war against corruption, and in line with that, the board has intensified its fight against the sale of unwholesome films in the Nigeria market,” he said.
Thomas explained that the board has lined up nationwide raid against uncensored and pirated films to ensure that such products are completely removed from the movie market.
He explained that the choice of Wuse market is strategic, as it is the receiving points of such pirated films from Lagos and other parts, from where they are distributed to the Northern part of the country.
He added that the board has received intelligence reports and decided to proceed with the operations, adding that the raid will be extended to other markets within the Territory.
The Chairman of the Film and Videos Producers and Marketers of Nigeria (FVPMAN), Mr Emeka Aduah, who accompanied the NFVCB raid team to the market, lauded the move by the board.
He stressed that the producers and marketers are ready to work in collaboration with the board, especially on providing information about the activities of pirates.
The board had earlier carried out such raids at the Alaba International Market, Benin City, Kaduna and other parts of the country as part of its operations for last quarter of the year.