It’s an offence to release skits, music videos without classification – FG

Husseini moves to ease process of film submission to NFVCB

The Federal Government has said that skits and musical videos are also supposed to go through verification like films before getting released across platforms.

It says it is an offence to thus release such without first submitting to them the National Films and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB).

The Executive Director of the board, Shaibu Husseini, made this known in a statement on Wednesday, June 26.

Based on the volume of skits, musical videos, films and other contents being produced in the country, some  people may wonder how the board will be able to cope if all are to go through it but the ED insists law remains law, adding that  the NFVCB had 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 offence 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
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