The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has denied that Omoni Oboli registered her controversial film, Okafor’s Law in 2014 as claimed by the filmmaker’s legal team.
The actress’ lawyer had previously tendered a “receipt” of payment for the film dated September 11, 2014, but a witness from the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) says “Okafor’s Law” was not registered in 2014 as claimed.
The witness, Mrs Obasi, said that the movie was registered/censored on March 21, 2017, by Filmone Distribution, after a public viewing at Ozone cinemas, Yaba, Lagos. She also explained that if the movie was registered in 2014 as claimed by Dioni Visions, it would have been impossible for Filmone to get a licence in 2017, as it is standard procedure for the NFVCB to search their database for existence of a film title to avoid repetition.
At the hearing presided by Hon. Ibrahim Buba, it was also revealed by Mrs Obasi, who has worked with NFVCB for 10 years, that the corporation doesn’t have the right to register titles of films. It’s job is simply to censor movies for public viewing.
The case hearing continues on June 13, 2017.