The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation has said that it is looking for the makers of a film that it claims promotes lesbian life in the country.
A northwest regional commissioner, Umar Garba Fagge, said they have now deployed to find IFE filmmakers and the casts.
“Some people who have long been seeking the rights of same-sex couples, are the ones who go to these movies to attract Nigerians,” the official said.
However, the film’s organizers have denied allegations that the IFE is promoting homosexual acts in Nigeria.
Umar Fagge said the chairman of the National Commission, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, had ordered their arrest wherever they are.
According to him, the film was postponed until the authorities were directed to determine its contents prior to issuing a permit.
The film starring Pamela Adie posted on her twitter account that they had planned a great love film called Ife, “For our part, the antidote to us.”
By law, every film which is to be produced in Nigeria must go to the Board for review, but this time it has not come before it.
There have been rumors that the movie has been broadcasted on social media since its release.
In 2011, the Nigerian Senate passed a law that could impose penalties of 14 years for same-sex marriage.
Homosexuality is illegal under Nigerian law, and Muslim and Christian groups have joined forces to condemn the practice and have provided strong support for its ban.
In the past, human rights groups around the world have been calling on Nigeria to legalize same-sex marriage.