The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has confiscated pornographic and pirated materials worth about N2.5 million in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.
A statement issued by Ag. Head, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Ceasar Kagbo said the items were seized during a raid adding that the materials include pirated and uncensored films.
He said that several home video retail outlets in Banex and Sheriff Plaza, Wuse II, and Dutse Alhaji market (a satellite town in the FCT) were affected in the surprise operation supported by security men. Director of Operations, Mr. Cornel Agim explained that the operation was sequel to directives from Director-General, Ms Patricia Bala, to “fish out all unwholesome films from the market”.
“One of the cardinal objectives of the new Director-General is to make sure that all unwholesome films, especially pornographic films, must be cleared off the streets, because these things are illegal, they are contributing negatively to the behavioural attitudes of our youths. The second is to go against those that are not complying with the Board’s New Distribution and Exhibition Framework (NDEF) with respect to registration and licensing from the Board”.
Censors board is saddled with the responsibility of censoring and classifying films and video works, registration and licensing of persons and premises for the distribution of films and video works. It has zonal headquarters in the six geopolitical zones of the country and centres in the 36 states of the country.