Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Olamide at risk of N3million fine, one-year jail term over Wo video


Nigeria Indigenous rapper, Olamide Adedeji may be at risk of a N3 million fine and one-year jail term for promoting the use of tobacco in his recently released video, Wo.
The federal ministry of health had notified the public that the rapper had violated the 2015 to­bacco act, warning that the video had “dangerous public health content”.
The ministry wrote on Twitter, “The public is informed of the dangerous public health content & violation of Tobacco Control Act 2015 in “Wo” by @olamide_ YBNL#ClearTheAir.

“The content & video contains scenes that violate the ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship provision of the act #ClearTheAir”, they tweeted.
The 28-year-old rapper, who is signed to his own record label, YBNL, had returned to Ladi Lak in Bariga where he was raised to shoot the video for his latest single.
According to the 2015 Tobac­co Control Act, it is prohibited to promote or advertise tobacco or tobacco products except between a manufacturer, retailer and con­senting persons above 18 years of age.
“No person shall promote or advertise tobacco or tobacco products in any form.
“No person shall engage or participate in any tobacco adver­tising, promotion or sponsorship as a media or event organizer, celebrity or other participants,” it read.
According to the 2015 law, anyone who violates the law faces the risk of fine of not less than N3,000,000 and a term of imprisonment of not more than one year.

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