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Kano govt bans movies depicting cross-dressing, thuggery
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Thu, 4 Apr 2024   ||   Nigeria,

The Kano State Film Censorship Board has instructed that movies depicting or endorsing cross-dressing and thuggery are not allowed in the state.

The Board’s executive secretary, Abba El-Mustapha disclosed this yesterday during a meeting with the management and stakeholders from Kannywood.

A statement by the board’s spokesman, Abdullahi Sani Sulaiman, said the decision to prohibit those films was made in response to public concern about the potential promotion of criminal activities and inappropriate behaviors among young people.

El-Mustapha said, “it is high time to fish out any film that may demoralize our customs, norms and values in the name of reaching popularity, viewers or business making.”

This is coming when the Nigeria Police Force said cross-dressing was not a crime under the Nigerian law.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, explained that controversial crossdresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky and others like him can’t be arrested.

He, however, pointed out that crossdressing lifestyle might not align with societal norms.

He noted that the police were bound by the law and cannot arrest individuals based solely on their choice of clothing or lifestyle.


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