The Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) have seized pirated copies of several Nigerian movies in Alaba market, Lagos.
This occurred during a raid by the NFVCB and other movie producers, where they impounded pirated materials and equipment from one of the biggest markets in Nigeria.
Among the pirated iworks seized were The Wedding Party, Jenifa’s Diary, Wives On Strike and several others.
The stakeholders present at the temporary encroachment and seizure of the movies were Yinka Ogundaisi, Fred Amata, Funke Akindele, Abdulrasaq Abdullahi, Eddie Ugbomah, Saint Obi, Emeka Aduah, Gab Okoye, Dele Balogun, Okechukwu Madu and Kene Mkparu.
NFVCB executive director Adedayo Thomas, said: “The raid is the first in the series of national enforcement against unclassified, unapproved and operating an unlicensed film and video distribution and exhibition business which will be carried out in Nigeria through the National task force.”
“THIS IS A SUBTLE SIGNAL TO PERSONS DISTRIBUTING UNCLASSIFIED FILM AND VIDEO WORKS, PERSONS DISTRIBUTING FILM AND VIDEO WORKS NOT REGISTERED FOR DISTRIBUTION IN NIGERIA, PERSONS OPERATING FILM AND VIDEO DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE LICENCE, PERSONS DISTRIBUTING FILM AND VIDEO WORKS ON PREMISES NOT LICENSED AND ALL PERSONS PROFITING FROM THE SWEAT OF FILM AND VIDEO CREATIVE DIRECTORS WITHOUT PROPER RIGHT ASSIGNMENT THAT THEY SHOULD FIND OTHER BUSINESS AS THE BOARD UNDER MY WATCH WILL NOT REST UNTIL WE GET RID OF THEM FROM OUR INDUSTRY.”