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Lagos film board raids pirates

Tnollywoodhe Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board has raided alleged sellers of pirated and unclassified films in some parts of the state.

The LSFVCB explained that the move was meant to curb the menace of piracy, as well as reduce the sale of pornographic and unclassified movies in the state.

The Executive Secretary of the LSFVCB, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, on Monday said the three-day raid was carried out in collaboration with the Yoruba Movie Producers/Marketers Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Copyright Commission, adding that the team raided the Iyana-Ipaja, Agege, Oshodi, Ijora, Orile Iganmu and Obalende areas of the State.

Balogun said the raid was part of the continuous effort to stop the sale of pirated and unclassified movies, adding that those who were caught during the raids would be tried and brought to justice.

He said, “The government is concerned that Nigerian artistes are not getting maximum benefits from their works and this poses a serious challenge. Piracy is the greatest enemy of the creative industry which must be defeated for the film industry, as well as legitimate practitioners, to grow.

“The war against piracy should be supported by everybody, so that stakeholders are not denied the benefits of their creativity.

The General Secretary of Yoruba Movie Producers, Mr. Adetunji Ojetola, said the association made efforts in the past to curtail piracy all to no avail.

“The association even had a series of meetings with the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers in Lagos State to assist in sending sellers of pirated films out of their motor parks, but the efforts did not yield any fruitful results,” he added.

He appealed to the state government to assist in the fight against piracy, adding that the raids should be regular.

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