…Vows to Prosecute Defaulters
By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
The Executive Director, Kano State Censorship Board, Ismai’la Muhammad Na’abba Afakalla on Tuesday said “The board has banned the production and showing of any movie displaying kidnapping, drug abuse, phone Snatching and thuggery in the State a decision the film makers has kicked against.
He said the decision became pertinent in view of the ongoing fight against banditry and other security challenges bedeviling some parts of the country particularly, the North West.
According to Afakalla, the board in recent times has observed increase in number of movies depicting the act of kidnapping, thuggery and phone snatching which his office and other stakeholders describes as worrisome considering the vivid display of these criminal acts by the producers of such movies which they believe can cause a set back to the ongoing fight against insecurity.
In his words, “We took the decision in other to stop the producers of some of the movie series shown in some of our TV stations because they show clearly how someone can mastermind the kidnap of people for ransom, snatching of phones and thuggery and drug abuse.”
That it is no longer news that Kano State in recent times has been faced with issues of phone snatching and thuggery which has led to loss of lives just as a man and his wife were reported to have been attacked on Sunday night on Yahaya Gusau Road, leading to the man’s death.
Naaba stated that no doubt, such movies contribute to the rising cases of crime the State records because most youths are impressionable and learn from such movies on how to carry out these wicked acts the country is struggling hard to eradicate.
“We can’t allow movie producers to continue showing our youths things that can further lead them into crimes.
Just yesterday, a man was reported to have lost his life when some boys accosted him and his wife demanding for his phone and was stabbed in that process leading to his death while the wife’s bag was snatched.
The Government has stepped up efforts to combat these crimes in some neighboring states as you know so we must not fold our hands and watched it shift here.
We implore movie producers to begin to show things that promotes peace, and other developmental issues and not vices and acts that contradicts our religion and culture and this has nothing to do with censorship”, he added.
However, the Executive Director said the Board would not hesitate to prosecute any producer and TV Stations who violates the directive.
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