The Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association has suspended Yomi Fabiyi over his recently released movie, “Oko Iyabo”, which many claim trivialized the sexual assault case of his friend, Baba Ijesha.
The association announced Yomi Fabiyi’s suspension on Friday, July 9, in a statement titled, “TAMPAN suspends Yomi Fabiyi indefinitely for gross professional misconducts & unethical practices.”
Part of the statement reads:
Having listened to the detailed defence 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.”
TAMPAN pointed out that except “the work of art is a ‘Cinema Verite’, no one is allowed to use a real name(s) of another person (s) in a feature film. Therefore, it is professional misconduct to use a real name(s), stories and factual events of the 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.
Reacting to this, Yomi took to his Instagram page to write ;
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.
– Yomi Fabiyi.m
In another news, Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has reacted to a video of a Nigerian herbalist raining curses on her following the Baba Ijesha rape saga.
In the video currently making the waves on social media, the Nigerian older man who was being interview said Iyabo Ojo would suffer and die for standing against Baba Ijesha.
Reacting, Iyabo Ojo took to her social media page, declaring God’s promises and scriptures upon her life, stating that all those plotting to bring all manner of evil against her or end her life are just wasting their time.
Iyabo Ojo said that only God has the power to take life, and at his appointed time, He alone will take all Glory, adding she can never be afraid of any man or woman and she cannot be silent for speaking the truth.
She wrote: Baba Ijesha, Yomi Fabiyi and all you evil men and women supporting evil, plotting and trying all manner of evil to bring me down or end my life, i need you all to understand one thing, you all are wasting your time
Please take note!!! only God, I repeat, only God has the power to take my life @ his appointed time & him alone will take all the glory when that time comes & until then, you all are wasting your evil time…
I can never be afraid of any man or woman nor can I ever be silent from speaking the truth,
Only the truth shall set you free.. Also, Never forget, One with God is a majority. My faith in God is solid & it can never be broken or shaken Moreover, We all will die one day and has it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so why shall I fear death
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