APCON Condemnation of Repulsive and indecent Mobile Advertisement
In response to the recent display of nudity by an Out of Home advertising agency in a truck around Lekki-Epe area of Lagos state, the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has condemned the repulsive action calling it disrespectful to Nigeria’s culture.
In a press release signed by APCON Registrar, Mrs Ijedi Iyoha, it states :
“The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has noted with disgust, a repulsive viral video of semi-nude ladies in a see-through mobile advertisement truck circulating on social media. The offensive mobile advertisement for a yet-to-be identified product or service was supposedly exposed and driven along Lekki-Epe Expressway in Lagos.
APCON strongly condemns the advertisement which is grossly indecent, disrespectful to Nigeria’s culture and prepared with little or no sense of social responsibility. It violates the common principles of decency promoted in the Code of ethics of advertising practice and unnecessarily exploited and depicted unwholesome sexual behaviours.
We have activated all necessary measures to ascertain the persons or advertising agency or agencies or organisations behind the act and shall be working with other relevant government agencies and advertising stakeholders to ensure that the rule of law is applied and to further ensure that such and similar abhorrent forms of advertisements are avoided in future.
APCON is committed to ensure that all advertisement in Nigeria or directed at the Nigerian market shall be legal, decent, honest, truthful, respectful and mindful of Nigeria’s culture, constitutional tenets and relevant lawful enactments as well as having a high sense of social responsibility”.
Meanwhile the Lagos State Signage & Advertisement Agency (LASAA) has said that the full weight of the law, as enshrined in the Agency’s extant law, will be meted on the company owning this erring outdoor mobile truck.
LASAA has assured members of the public that the Agency shall henceforth scrutinize activities of mobile trucks to forestall a recurrence of such an avoidable obscenity.