Two arrested as Rivers Govt shuts down electronic billboard showing pornographic video in Port Harcourt
Two staff of E-Motion Communications Nigeria Ltd, owners of the LED billboard, which showed 60 seconds pornographic video in the Garrison area of Port Harcourt on Thursday have also been arrested.
The Managing Director of Rivers State Signage and Advertisement Agency (RISAA), Hon. Anthony Okea said that the billboard is now shut down by the agency as authorized by the laws and some suspects have been taken into custody as investigation continues to ascertain the real motive behind their irresponsible act.
Okeah stated this on Friday while speaking during a press briefing at the Garrison Junction where the billboard is situated.
He further explained that RISAA is not responsible for the regulations of contents on billboards, adding that it is the sole responsibility of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, APCON,.
Okeah said that he has called their attention to the offensive display of the pornographic video to know if APCON gave the approval or not and the reasons behind such disgusting act of abuse against the State.
“RISAA mandate by law is to regulate billboard structures in Rivers State. The visual aesthetic of Rivers State is of major priority to the Agency.” he added.
It was gathered that Motorists and pedestrians along the Garrison Flyover in Port Harcourt were shocked to see an electronic billboard mounted along the road play the 60 seconds pornographic video.
A motorist, Kingston Ekwere, who saw the pornography, said it caused traffic hold up around the flyover.
“I parked by the Garrison flyover waiting for it to get to my turn to load my car when I saw people looking at the bill board passionately and laughing. I immediately look towards the direction of attention and behold, it was a display of sex tape. The whole flyover went agog as everybody, motorists and people working, had to stop to watch the film as many condemned it and some youths were happy viewing it.” he narrated.