By: Ogunleye Oluwapelumi
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned content creators, movie producers, and skit makers against the use of EFCC-branded jackets, symbols, insignia, and other accoutrements without authorization. The Commission has stated that the use of the EFCC brand in movies without authorization is illegal, and any individual found acting contrary to this advisory will be treated as an impersonator and dealt with accordingly.
According to the Commission, while it appreciates the desire by some operators in the creative sector to produce movies and skits with plots around economic and financial crimes, it is incumbent on such operators to seek the Commission’s authorization, including vetting of scenes which purport to depict the operations of the Commission, to ensure that false or misleading messages are not passed to the public.
The EFCC noted that the Public Affairs Department of the Commission is adequately equipped to work with motion picture practitioners desirous of partnering with the Commission in using films and skits to educate the public, especially the youth on the dangers of economic and financial crimes.
The Commission is committed to protecting its brand from abuse and has urged the public to report any unauthorized use of its brand to the nearest EFCC office. The EFCC is determined to continue its fight against economic and financial crimes and will not tolerate any act that may undermine its efforts.