By Suoyo Ekubo
A Lagos high court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square has granted leave to Isale Eko Descendants’ Union (IDU) to seek the imposition of N10 billion fine on producers of ‘Gangs of Lagos‘.
The trending movie which is directed and produced by Jade Osiberu and Kemi Lala Akindoju respectively, was released on Amazon’s Prime Video on April 7.
The movie tells the tale of a group of friends who have to navigate destiny while growing up on the streets of Lagos.
However, the movie attracted backlash over the alleged wrongful depiction of Isale Eko as a den of criminals and the Eyo Masquerade as a gang of murderers.
According to Arise TV, the court, in its recent ruling, granted leave to the IDU to pursue an order compelling the Lagos attorney-general and the state video and film censors board to impose the fine on the movie producers.
The applicants had argued that the movie violated the cinematograph law of Lagos.
In the suit, the Isale Eko descendants accused Soberu, Akindoju, Adesegun Adetoro, Demi Olubanwo, Olumide Soyombo, Bankole Wellington, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Kola Aina, Greoh Limited and Amazon web services Nigeria of “false depiction” of the Eyo masquerade.