Isale Eko indigenes to sue ‘Gangs Of Lagos’ producers for ₦10 billion, see why
Isale Eko indigenes want to sue ‘Gangs Of Lagos’ producers for ₦10 billion
The Isale Eko Descendants Union is attempting to fine the producers of Gangs Of Lagos 10 billion.
The group is unhappy with the depiction of Isale Eko (Lagos Island) as a den of criminals and the Eyo as murderers by the filmmakers.
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Thee Isale Eko Descendants’ Union and a few applicants have filed complaints with the court.
The remaining complaints are from Chief Ayodele Bajulaiye, on behalf of the Bajulaiye Chieftaincy Family and Eyo Iga Bajulaiye, and Chief Abdul-Waheed Ayeni, on behalf of the Sasore Chieftaincy Family and Eyo Iga Sasore.
They wish to impose the fine on the producers, including Jadesola Soberu, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Adesegun Adetoro, Demi Olubanwo, Olumide Soyombo, Bankole Wellington, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Kola Aina, Greoh Limited, and Amazon Web Services Nigeria.
In addition, the complaints demand that the National Film and Censors Board (NFVCB) revoke the movie’s approval.
After hearing their case, a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square and presided over by Justice Idowu Alakija granted them permission to seek judicial review and an order of mandamus directing the Attorney General of Lagos State and the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board to sanction the film producers in accordance with the Lagos State Cinematograph Law.
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“To seek judicial review and an order of mandamus compelling the attorney general and Lagos State Video and Film Censors Board to perform their statutory duty under the Cinematograph Law of Lagos State, impose a fine of 10 billion against the producers of the Gangs of Lagos movie, and demand an account of the proceeds from exploitation and streaming of the illegal and defamatory depiction of Isale Eko as a den of criminals and the Eyo Masquerade.
The Isale Eko Descendants’ Union initially expressed dissatisfaction with the portrayal of the Eyo masquerade as soon as the film became available for streaming in April 2023.
Noting the historical significance of the masquerade, the union disapproved of its depiction in a “despicable and insensitive manner.”
The Lagos Government, like the union, has expressed its displeasure with the portrayal of the Eyo masquerade as a gun-wielding villain.
Gangs of Lagos is the first African Original for Prime Video and is part of Osiberu’s three-year deal with the streaming service.
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