Insecurity: Kano bans movies on kidnapping, hooliganism

…As Nigerians spent N3bn in cinemas in 6 months

Worried by growing insecurity in the country, especially in the Northern region, the Kano State government has announced stringent measures to stem the tide of criminality and restore some sense of orderliness in the State. 

Among the new measures is the banning of movies at cinemas promoting kidnapping, hooliganism, drug abuse and phone-snatching.

The Executive Director, Kano State Censorship Board, Isma’ila Afakalla, announced the decision to ban and prosecute filmmakers and television stations who show movies with kidnapping and related crimes.

Afakalla expressed worry over the movies which, according to him, fuel the insecurity bedevilling some parts of the country, particularly the North-West region.

However, a filmmaker and chairman of UK Entertainment, Umar Sani Kofar-Mazugal, has kicked against the move, saying films were made to create awareness on societal ills and not to teach them to get involved in the act. 

Although, he admitted that some movie producers were too detailed in showing such acts, and blamed the Censorship Board for not working as it ought to since it is its responsibility to censor the script right from the conceptualisation stage. 

However, a cross-section of parents who spoke to newsmen threw their weight behind the government’s decision. 

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