Stop using your comedy skits, movies to promote fraud – EFCC warns content creators, producers

Stop using your comedy skits, movies to promote fraud - EFCC warns content creators, producers 1

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has initiated a proactive campaign to rid the entertainment industry of the proliferation of crime-promoting content that has surged in recent times.

In partnership with the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), the commission has committed to enforcing stringent measures to revamp the industry’s lax operational practices, which have seen the glorification of criminals.

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This collaboration was announced on EFCC’s official X handle, previously known as Twitter, in a post dated March 27, 2024.

During the meeting, the commission’s chairman, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, stressed the significance of the movie industry in promoting morals and good values, highlighting the need to combat the proliferation of crime-glorifying content prevalent in recent times.

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In addition to condemning the glamorization of internet fraud in movies and content, the commission also drew attention to the alarming trend of currency mutilation being depicted in films.

EFCC further criticized the misrepresentation of its operations in movies and comedy skits, urging the NFVCB to promptly address such unprofessional practices.

Mr. Olukoyede stated, “There are several skits circulating with an inaccurate portrayal of the EFCC and its officers. The NFVCB should investigate and put an end to such unprofessional practices.”

The regulatory body, in its remarks, reassured the EFCC that it would promptly address all concerns raised by the commission.

The board acknowledged its initiatives to combat the increasing promotion of criminal activities in videos, acknowledging their impact on real-life behavior.

The NFVCB emphasized its commitment to tackling crime-promoting content at its source, beginning with scriptwriters and extending to content supervisors and producers.

Dr. Shuaibu Husaini, the CEO of the board, stated, “We are actively discouraging the glamorization of crimes in our movies. We are also working to remove elements from filmmakers’ works that might lead young people to engage in criminal activities.”

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