By Idris Olukoya
The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) mentioned it seized uncensored, unclassified and pirated movies price about N200 million and arrested 12 suspected pirates between March and December, 2017.
Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director of the board made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.
Thomas mentioned that pirated gadgets had been confiscated at Alaba International Market, Lagos, Kubwa, Banex Plaza and Wuse Market in Abuja, in addition to Benin City in Edo and Kaduna.
He defined that the seized gadgets embody; DVD’s, CD’s, Production tools and copies of a number of pirated movies.
“The board has scaled up its enforcement actions for the New Year and are intensifying efforts to make this evil enterprise of pirates turns into insufferable for those who have seen it as a way of constructing fast cash.
“The board will ensure total sanity and get rid of pirates in the industry, while the right owners of works enjoy the fruit of their hard labour,” he mentioned.
According to him, the 12 suspects arrested in Lagos and Abuja would quickly be charged to courtroom for prosecution.
Thomas mentioned that such motion would function deterrent to others pondering of going into such enterprise and forestall such unlawful merchandise from promoting available in the market on the expense of real ones.
The Executive Director added that the motion was a part of the board’s enforcement operations in sanitising the Nigerian market of unlawful movies.
He defined that the board had lined up nationwide raid towards uncensored, unclassified and pirated movies to make sure that such merchandise had been fully faraway from the film market.
The NFVCB boss famous that the movement image trade was not all about leisure, however an enormous enterprise that should be inspired and guarded to develop and convey revenue to its traders.
Thomas mentioned that the artistic trade was acclaimed to have contributed 1.four per cent to Nigeria’s GDP and might do extra.
He counseled the Bank of Industry (BoI) and Tonye Princewill, the manager producer of movie “79 for supporting the board to discharge its mandate successfully.
“Bank of trade (BoI) assist the Censors Board with the sum of N500,000 and three highly effective bikes, whereas Tonye Princewill provides the board N500,000 to restore its deserted operational car used for raiding of pirates on the road.
“BoI and Tonye Prince can have been supporting any drive that might improve the business viability of the movies and artistic trade.
“Recently, BoI provides two highly effective bikes to the board as a part of equipment wanted to hold out its work easily.
“I am indeed grateful and happy towards their gesture, and I appeal to other stakeholders, individuals and philanthropists to support and partner with the board to be effective and efficient in discharging its mandate, ” he mentioned.
Thomas mentioned that BoI was a significant financier of the artistic sector, having invested closely within the improvement of infrastructure and film manufacturing within the nation. (NAN)