TAMPAN suspends Yomi Fabiyi indefinitely; He reacts

TAMPAN has suspended Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi over his controversial new released movie “Oko Iyabo”.

On Friday, July 9, The Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association announced the suspension of Yomi Fabiyi in a statement titled, “TAMPAN suspends Yomi Fabiyi indefinitely for gross professional misconducts & unethical practices.”

The statement read;

“Having listened to the detailed defense of Mr. Yomi Fabiyi, who is the Producer/Director of the controversial film ‘Oko Iyabo’ and his Co-Director, Mr. Dele Matti, the Ethic, Conflict and Resolution Committee hereby found them guilty of professional misconduct and unethical practices.

“Although Mr. Yomi Fabiyi insisted that it is his fundamental human right to use his creative talent to produce films that will tell his own account of the trending issue but his Co-Director admitted his fault and regretted his involvement in the film.”

The association also condemned the use of the real names of the people for the production of the movie and except “the work of art is a ‘Cinema Verite’, no one is allowed to use real name(s) of other person(s) in a feature film.”

The statement added: “Therefore, it is professional misconduct to use real name(s), stories and factual events of person(s) without their consent not to talk of a plot that is denigrating to that person.

“That the story, plot, theme, title, dialogue, names and general content of the film ‘Oko Iyabo’ is a factual presentation that may give rise to prejudice since the matter is already In court.

“His misconducts and unethical practices have impacted negatively on the image and reputation of our association. His Co-Director Mr. Dele Matti having shown remorse and admitted his guilt is hereby suspended for 3months.”

Also, other actors who featured in the film have been summoned to appear before the Ethic, Conflict & Resolution Committee on the 24. July 2021.

Reacting to TAMPAN’s statement, Yomi Fabiyi took to Instagram to state he was never a member of the guide and that the letter sent to him by the association was inappropriate.

He also asked fans interested in seeing the movie to reach out privately on Whatapp after the movie was reported on You Tube.

The statement reads: “I am originally ANTP member. Worst case I will renew my membership there.

“I have never obtain or sign any form with TAMPAN or joined any guild. I was made to pay for registration which I did but no form collected or formal procedure.

“The letter is inappropriate, not valid for me as a filmmaker.

“Any reaction if necessary will be on the basis of Human Rights Violation if I so wish to seek judicial redress. You don’t loose what you never had.”

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