The Kano State Censorship Board, KSCB, has banned the airing of two television drama series, ‘Kwana Casa’in’ and ‘Gidan Badamasi’, for violating the state censorship laws.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the two TV soap operas, aired by the Kano-based Arewa24 TV channel, had been on air since 2018 and 2019 respectively.
However, the Executive Secretary of the censorship board, Isma’il Afakallah, in a letter dated April 7, outlawed the two drama series for contravening section 100(2), 102(1) and 102(2) of the Kano State Censorship Board Law 2001.
The letter cited a scene in the ‘Kwana Casa’in’ series where a lady was being held by men in a tricycle at Sahad Stores which, according to the board, is against norms, culture, values and religion of the people of the state.
The letter also stated that the ‘Gidan Badamasi’ series was not censored nor licensed by the board, adding that, “Section 100(2) states that a person shall not be allowed to exhibit a film, a video work or audio-visual cassette or publication without censorship certificate”.
“Furthermore, section 102(2) of the Kano State Censorship Board law 2001 stated that the board shall not approve a film or video work or Indecent, obscene or likely to be injurious to morality, undesirable in the public interest.
“Also section 102(1) states that the board in reaching a decision on a film, video work or publication shall ensure that such a film or video work shall have educational or entertainment value, apart from promoting the state culture, unity and interest,” said the letter.
The letter also stated that “such a film or video work or publication is likely to induce or reinforce the corruption of private or public morality, or to encourage or glorify the use of violence.”
In the letter, the board, therefore, gave the TV station a 48-hour ultimatum to stop showing the two drama series.
The board also threatened to sue the station if it fails to comply with the directive.