The Kano State government has announced stringent measures to stem the tide of criminality amid growing insecurity in the country, especially in the Northern region.
Among the new measures is the banning of movies at cinemas promoting kidnapping, thuggery, 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 station showing movies with kidnapping and related crimes.
Afakalla expressed worry over the movies which, according to him, fuel the insecurity bedeviling some parts of the country particularly, the North- West.
He said: “The board in recent times has observed an increase in the number of movies depicting kidnapping, thuggery and phone-snatching, which stakeholders describe as worrisome considering the vivid display of these criminal acts by producers of such movies believed to be causing a setback to the ongoing fight against insecurity.
“We took the decision in order to stop 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, thuggery and drug abuse.
“It is no longer news that Kano State in recent times has been faced with issues of phone-snatching and thuggery, which have led to loss of lives. This is 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, while the wife’s bag was snatched. No doubt, such movies contribute to the rising cases of crime in the state 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. Government has stepped up efforts to combat these crimes in some neighbouring states as you know; so we must not fold our hands and watch it shift here. We implore movie producers to begin to show things that promote peace, and other developmental issues and not social vices and acts that contradict our religion and culture; and this has nothing to do with censorship. The board will not hesitate to prosecute any producer and TV stations which violate the directive.”
Meanwhile, a film maker 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.