The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) have seized uncensored and unclassified films and video works, including pornographic films, valued at millions of naira in Benin City in Edo State, Mid-Western Nigeria.
The raid, which took place in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, occurred in various locations in Benin City.
Some of the locations raided included Oba Market Road, Ibiwe Street, Ebo Street, Upper Sokponba Road, 3rd Circular Road and 2nd Circular Road, all located in Benin City. According to Assistant Director of the board in charge of Edo State, Mr.Ogbonna Onwumere, the raid would be extended to other parts of Edo State, such as Ekpoma, Auchi and Uromi.
The new mantra of the board is to sanitize the film market and ensure that Nigerian youths are not allowed to consume unwholesome video materials. The films seized include 20-in-1 DVD films, unclassified foreign films, and pornographic materials. The board, by the raids, wants to ensure that owners of films and video works get value from their investments thereby contributing to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).
It is also making a statement to investors in the film sector that as the regulator, NFVCB has the primary duty of providing an enabling environment for investors to thrive. The board also challenged operators in the sector not to wait for raids to ensure they purchase film products that are censored and classified by the board.