Tough times indeed await those who are involved in the business of buying selling pirated and uncensored films, following approval of a special police enforcement unit for the head office of the National Film and Video Censors Board by Inspector General of Police Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar.
The IGP gave the approval when Director General of the Board, Mrs. Patricia Bala led her management team to his office in Abuja. She told the IGP that she visited with her team in order to collaborate with the police to sanitise the film industry since what goes out there could affect national security. She explained that though film is intended to entertain and educate, it could however be explosive.
The board had earlier-on called for collaboration between it and the Nigeria Police for the purpose of an effective monitoring, enforcement and prosecution of defaulters as well as the need for police officers to be attached to the Abuja headquarters and all the six zonal offices of the Board across the country.
According to Bala, the Board has to be on its toes monitoring at all times, to ensure that, it is what it prescribes is implemented on the field.
“Because of the problems that we are encountering, we decided to come to your organization so that we can work together because we are not very effective when we go out to enforce because we don’t have the materials for enforcement but you as a police organistion have all it takes to enforce. So, we need to collaborate to enforce because what goes out there can affect national security.
While responding, the IGP said he is worried about the content of films broadcast to Nigerians on the Digital Satellite Television (DSTV), and promised to support the board to engender industry that Nigerians will be proud of.
Abubakar urged the Director General of Censors Board to create more awareness to enable them to respect the law. He also, pledged his unalloyed support to see that the Board succeeds in enforcing its legal mandate.
It would be recalled that the National Film and Video Censors Board was set up in 1993 to register and license film distributors, register and license premises for the exhibition and distribution of movies, censor film and video works as well as prescribe safety standards in the premises used for the exhibition and distribution of films in Nigeria.