The Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) has set up a five-member committee to address the issues of sexual offences levelled against some of its members and to recommend penalties.
Following the recent allegations of sexual harassment, assault, molestation and rape against some producers and directors, the committee has been formed to investigate and decide punitive measures. It will also support industry stakeholder initiatives aimed at curbing such harassment.
“DGN uses this opportunity to vehemently condemn rape in its entirety within and outside of the film industry,” said the guild.
The committee comprises chairman Pat Oghre and secretary Remix Ibinola, plus Tope Oshin, Francis Onwochei and Tony Akposheri.
In a memo issued by the national secretary of DGN, Uche Agbo, a dedicated 24/7 confidential email address has been set up to receive reports, petitions and complaints as well as educate members about the implications of such acts.
“Cases will be treated with ultimate confidentiality,” the guild added.