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It’s an offence to release skit and music videos without NFVCB classification – FG

The federal government has announced that releasing skits, films, or music videos without obtaining classification from the National Films and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB) is an offense.

Shaibu Husseini, the board’s executive director, emphasized the importance of enhancing video content classification in Nigeria. In a statement released on Wednesday, June 26, Husseini revealed that the NFVCB has initiated plans to establish “a world-class classification center” and warned content creators against distributing unclassified skits, films, or music videos.

The NFVCB is now collaborating with security agencies to identify and prosecute filmmakers who violate this regulation. Husseini said; 

“It is an offense to distribute or exhibit any film or video content, including skits and musical videos, on any platform without classification by the National Film and Video Censors Board.

“The board is working with relevant security agencies to track individuals and production companies involved, ensuring they face the full extent of the law.”

The NFVCB also condemned the promotion and distribution of same-sex content on social media, reminding filmmakers and content creators that it is illegal to publicly exhibit same-sex relationships in Nigeria.

The NFVCB issues certificates of censorship for all films and video works reviewed by its in-house committee, with the classification or rating indicated on the certificate. The classification symbols and ratings include:

  1. “G” for general exhibition
  2. “PG” for content intended for children under parental guidance
  3. “C” for films specifically for children
  4. “12” for content not recommended for children under 12 years
  5. “12A” indicating no one under 12 may enter a cinema unless accompanied by an adult
  6. “15” for content not recommended for persons under 15
  7. “18” for mature audiences only

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