The Rivers State Signage and Advertisement Agency (RISAA) has shut down an electronic billboard that showed 60 seconds pornographic video in the Garrison area of Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Two staff of E-Motion Communications Nigeria Ltd, owners of the LED billboard, have also been arrested.
Speaking during a press briefing on Friday morning, at the Garrison Junction where the billboard is situated, the Managing Director of RISAA, Hon. Anthony Okea frowned at “the unprofessional display of obscene, pornographic video by an outdoor practitioner on their LED billboard at Garrison,”
Okeah said that the billboard is now shut down by the Agency as authorized by the laws. In addition, some suspects have been taken into custody as the investigation ascertains the real motive behind their irresponsible act.
He further explained that RISAA is not responsible for the contents regulations on billboards, adding that it is the sole responsibility of APCON.
Okeah said that he had called their attention to the offensive display of the pornographic video to know if APCON gave the approval or not and the reasons behind such disgusting act of abuse against the State.
“RISAA mandate by law is to regulate billboard structures in Rivers State. Therefore, the visual aesthetic of Rivers State is of major priority to the Agency.” he added.
It was gathered that Motorists and pedestrians along the Garrison Flyover in Port Harcourt were shocked to see an electronic billboard mounted along the road play the 60 seconds pornographic video.
A motorist, Kingston Ekwere, who saw the pornography, said it caused traffic to hold up around the flyover.
“I parked by the Garrison flyover waiting for it to get to my turn to load my car, when I saw people looking at the billboard passionately and laughing. I immediately looked towards the direction of attention, and behold, and it was a display of sex tape. The whole flyover went agog as everybody, motorists and people working, had to stop to watch the film as many condemned it and some youths were happy viewing it.” he narrated.