The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has sealed up the premises of Mee’s Palace Cinema, Jos, Plateau State, for allegedly violating guidelines for cinema operations in the country.
The Board went after the operators following tipoff that suggested the operators did not secure the required government approvals.
The Board’s Executive Director, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, deployed a team of the NFVCB’s enforcement officers and policemen to seal off the premises, in a raid led by the Zonal Coordinator, North/Central Zone, Ailewon Paul Danlami, who was also accompanied by the Legal Officer in the zone.
Addressing journalists, Adedayo said certain classes of approvals are granted intended cinema theatre operators to ensure general safety precautions and compliance with laid down guidelines, noting that failure to secure same poses great risk to the environment and moviegoers.
He pointed out that such illegality also denies filmmakers, stakeholders and the government their accruable benefits. Adedayo warned against such act, while admonishing cinema houses, football viewing centers, as well as film and video producers, including music videos, to approach the NFVCB for censorship and licensing of their business premises, films and videos.
According to Danlami, the cinema house will remain sealed, pending the end of investigations into their operations and subsequent directive.