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Sanwo-Olu Suspends Bamidele Balogun For Imposing Five Percent Levy On Netflix, Iroko Tv, Others

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has suspended the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board. His name is Bamidele Balogun.

The governor suspended him for imposing a five per cent tax on digital platforms including Netfiix and Iroko TV.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, said this in a statement.

The statement is titled, ‘Lagos State Has No 5% Levy on Audio and Visual Contents of Physical and Digital Platforms’

So, Omotosho as the Spokesman for the state Sanwo-Olu’s administration said Bamidele Balogun acted without authorisation.

So, Governor Sanwo-Olu has temporarily asked Bamidele Balogun to withdraw his services.

He said, ”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, reportedly announced a five per cent levy.

“The Lagos government hereby dissociates itself from the said announcement in the media.

“And so, the Executive Secretary is suspended. His suspension will subsist until the government concludes its administrative inquiry.”

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 empathises 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 Federai High Court had in a judgment in June 2020 stated that the LSFVCB could not collect 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 Netfiix and Iroko TV demanding five per cent.

A letter he addressed to the Managing Director of Iroko TV, Jason Njoku, stated that the firm must pay five per cent on all visual and audio content.

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