These five events about politics and politicians in Nigeria deserve to become Nollywood movies.
If Nollywood decides to make films about Nigerians in positions of public trust and how they have utilized or abused their power, there would be enough movies to go round for years.
Pulse Movies has put together five news stories about politics and politicians in Nigeria, which deserve to become Nollywood movies.
The reinstatement of a dismissed government official wanted by the EFCC is juicy enough for the big screen.
In 2013, Abdulrasheed Maina, the former head of the Presidential Task Team on Pensions Reforms, was accused of diverting N100b during his tenure. He was subsequently sacked by the Federal Civil Service Commission on the orders of the Head of Service.
However, Maina, who was already wanted by the EFCC, was promoted to become the director of the Ministry of Interior's human resource department in 2017. It was revealed that his posting was approved by the same office of the Head of Service, which had initially fired him.
This film will reinforce conversations on the existing loopholes in several government parastatals.
To some Nigerians, Dino Melaye, the senator who represents Kogi West in the upper legislative chamber, is a politician who shouldn't be taken seriously. To others, he is a vocal opposition that must be protected.
Nevertheless, he has had an interesting and often hilarious run as a Nigerian in position of public trust.
From openly opposing the president to threatening to beat a fellow senator, from his dramatic fights with friend- turned-enemy, the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to allegedly providing false information to the police about an assassination attempt on his life, Melaye is arguably the most controversial Nigerian senator.
The senator is currently in police custody after ignoring their invitations for months and then staging a dramatic escape before he was finally arraigned in court for criminal conspiracy and illegal arms possession. He's currently standing trial in three criminal cases in three different courts in two different states.
With Odunlade Adekola as the lead character, a film about Melaye will probably become the highest grossing Nollywood comedy film.
As the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) - now labeled by the Federal Government as a terrorist group - Kanu was arrested for treasonous offences in Lagos in October 2015, and was detained without trial for over a year before he was released on bail in April 2017. Weeks after his release, he started violating his bail conditions.
Following the Operation Python Dance II by the Nigerian Army in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, there were reports that soldiers tried to gain access into Kanu's father's compound in Afaraukwu, Umuahia and shot at IPOB members who formed a human shield to keep them out. On September 14, 2017, Nnamdi Kanu disappeared and has not been seen since then.
A film about Nnamdi Kanu will not only explore how outliers are treated by the government, but also start further conversations on the gravity of a united or divided Nigeria.
In November 2017, the EFCC stormed apartments of immediate past Director of the DSS, Ita Ekpeyong and sacked DG of the NIA, Ayodele Oke, to arrest them for questioning.
However, they were unsuccessful as they were stopped from gaining access to the properties of both men by gun wielding DSS and NIA agents.
The conflict caused a standoff between the four agencies and resulted into a traffic pileup in the area.
The film will explore the sacking of Oke a month before the intended arrest. He was sacked after his public involvement in the controversial N13 billion loot recovered by the EFCC from an Ikoyi apartment months earlier. He had laid claim to the funds, saying it was earmarked by the agency for covert operations.
Ekpeyong, on the other hand, was allegedly wanted in connection with the probe of a $2.1billion arms procurement during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, hoodlums invaded the upper legislative chamber in the National Assembly complex, seized the mace of the chamber and fled in a black SUV.
This theft was blamed on the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who had allegedly led the hoodlums into the chamber before they seized the mace.
Prior to the incident, the lawmaker had been suspended for 90 legislative days for his conduct in objecting to the electoral amendment bill which is seeking to reorganise the order of elections in the country.
The mace was found the next day where it was abandoned by the side of the road and its theft has been described as an attack on democracy.
Which real-life political drama that do you think could be turned into a Nollywood film?