Kano bans movies promoting hooliganism and cross dressing

Kano State Censorship Board has issued directives banning movies that portray or promote cross-dressing and thuggery in the state.

The Executive Secretary of the Kano State Censorship Board, Abba El-Mustapha, announced the ban on Wednesday, April 3, during a briefing with journalists after a meeting between the board’s management and various stakeholders from the Kannywood industry.

A statement issued by the board’s information officer, Abdullahi Sani Sulaiman, said the decision to ban such films was  necessitated by public outcry, hence the need to address the production of films suspected to be promoting crimes and deviant behaviours among youths.

According to the statement, Abba 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.”

He urged the general public to provide relevant information to the Board on any film or publication they believe is not in accordance with the law.

A one-month deadline has been set for all productions containing content related to hooliganism and transvestites to comply with the ban.


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