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NFVCB seizes, destroys illegal films worth N800m

Helen Williams

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has embarked on confiscation and destruction exercise of pirated and illegal films and videos across Nigeria.

ConsumerConnect gathered that the move is considered as a measure to complement the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

The measure, according to the source, was also meant to resuscitate the national film making industry.

Speaking during the public burning of the illegal films confiscated by the Board in Kano, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of NFVCB, said investors in the film industry in the country had suffered losses among other financial difficulties as a result of smuggling of unclassified works through unlicensed agents and distributors.

In order to combat the menace of illicit and unapproved movies and videos, Alhaji Thomas stated that 150 staff of the board were trained at various police colleges across the nation to ensure improvement on their operations.

“These actions have helped to tackle the critical and impeding issues of infringement on proprietary rights, bootlegging of movies, and other illicit acts in the film industry,” he said.

Recently, these efforts led to a massive raid and confiscation of illegal films and video works worth over N800million,” he further stated.

Dr Ahmad Sarari, National President, Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN), in his remark also called for a law that would compel cinemas to have 70% local content in the list of films they show.

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