The fight against piracy which has seen Nollywood -the world's second largest film industry lose approximately $2 billion every year, witnessed a clampdown of defaulters at Alaba International Market by the Lagos State government which embarked on a sanitisation process by destroying pirated movies and illegal equipment worth N10m.
Speaking after the sanitisation process which saw the destruction of pirated and unclassified local and international movies, and duplicating machines, Mr. Dele Balogun, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board said the exercise was carried out to deter others.
“The burning of the confiscated illegal movies was done to discourage people dealing in such items. It will be a continuous exercise to rid the state of the sale of such items. Those that were caught with the illegal films have been prosecuted,” he said.
The move which is expected to serve as warning to those who engage in the illegal act of piracy will serve as a welcome development to filmmakers in Nigeria especially Kunle Afolayan who once threatened to leave Nigeria if legitimate businesses would not be allowed to thrive due to the activities of pirates.