NFVCB orders cinemas to stop showing Banky W’s movie

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The National Film and Video Censors Board has ordered cinemas nationwide to stop showing a recently released movie , titled , Sugar Rush .

The NVFCB , Executive Director , Addedayo Thomas , however , that the movie was not suspended because of some scenes found to portray the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as an incompetent organisation .

The film, which has reportedly grossed about N 160 m since its release on December 25, 2019 , was directed by Kayode Kasum , and largely publicised by singer Bankole Wellington aka Banky W and wife , Adesua .

The movie was , however , removed from cinemas by the NFVCB , the Federal Government agency responsible for classifying movies and giving approval for release .

The film centres on three sisters who accidentally discover $ 800 , 000 (N 288 m ) in the house of a corrupt man .

According to some online critics , the comedy drama also shows failed attempts by the EFCC to recover the money , depicting the EFCC operatives as incompetent and clumsy .

Several online reports suggest that the poor portrayal of the EFCC in the comedy was one of the reasons it was pulled out of cinemas .

Confirming the suspension of the movie , Banky W said he was optimistic that it would return to the theatres .

He wrote on Twitter, “Thank you all so much for the support that our film Sugar Rush has received .

Unfortunately , due to issues that are way beyond our control , Sugar Rush has been suspended from playing in cinemas .

“ We’ re hoping the issues will be resolved quickly , so we can resume screening as soon as possible . ”

In a subsequent tweet, the musician said the NFVCB was already looking to resolve it .

The Executive Director of the NFVCB , however , that the movie was not suspended because of pressure from the EFCC.

He added , “The movie was given temporary approval in December .

They had told us that they wanted to release it on Christmas Day and they were thus given a temporary approval pending the approval of a permanent one .

“ The temporary one lapsed before they could complete the process of getting the permanent one.

“ The matter has nothing to do with the EFCC as is being reported on social media. ”

Thomas said the movie had not just significantly increased box office revenues within a short period , but had improved our cinematic culture which is sine qua non for attracting the investment Nigeria desires.

“ I am currently working with the distributor , producer , director and key actors to grant final approval for the resumed exhibition at cinemas , ” he said .

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