Olaleye Idowu

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu has Suspended the executive Secretary of Lagos state film and Video Censors board, Bamidele Balogun for Imposing a five percent tax on digital platform including Netflix and Iroko TV without due consultation

In a Letter Titled; Lagos State has No 5% Levy On Audio and Visual Contents of physical and Digital Platforms, and that which was obtained by our correspondent  on a verified twitter handle of the Governors Chief Press Secretary @gboyega Akosile said the executive secretary Acted without Authorization and therefore he is suspended.

The statement read 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 per cent levy.

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

He said the Sanwo-Olu administration is not insensitive to the fact that the industry has been badly hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and empathizes with this and other sectors of the economy.

A Federal High Court had barred the LSFVCB from levying film and video producers.

Justice Chuka Obiozor of a Federal High Court had in a judgment in June 2020 stated that the LSFVCB could not be collecting taxes at the same time as the National Film and Video Censors Board as it amounted to double taxation.

Despite the judgment, however, Balogun had written letters to several digital platforms including Netflix and Iroko TV demanding five per cent.

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