The Inspector-General of Police of Nigeria has issued a warning to actors and film makers not to represent police officers negatively without his or her prior consent.
Inspector-General Usman Baba claims that actors playing police officers in movies must now receive legal approval and that violators will face legal action.
The goal of the order is to “address false views” of potential criminals.
The Nigerian film industry, sometimes known as Nollywood, creates films that are watched throughout Africa and frequently include police officers.
According to a statement from police spokesperson Olumuyiwa Adejobi, “Film or skit makers who portray the Nigeria Police Force officers in a negative light, without applying for, and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals, to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law.”
Applications for the use of police equipment that “portray excellent values, impress positively on the Nigerian public, and add value to our system” would be approved, according to the statement.