Lagos state govt denies collection of 5% audio and visual content levy, suspends Video censors board secretary

Video Censors Board
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Photo credit: Google)

The Lagos State government has suspended the Executive Secretary of the State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun, for imposing a 5 per cent levy on digital platforms including Netflix and Iroko TV.

His was suspended by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which was according to a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho.

In his statement, the Lagos State government denied approving the levy (Read here) stating that the Executive Secretary acted alone without due authorization.

The statement reads in part;

“There is no levy on audio and visual contents of all physical and digital platforms in Lagos State. The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Bamidele Balogun, is said to have announced a five percent levy.

“The government hereby dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media. The Executive Secretary, who was not authorized to make such an announcement, has been suspended, pending an administrative inquiry.”

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