The Nigerian Copyright Commission’s (NCC) persistent fight against the importation of pirated works into the country has paid off again with the seizure of three containers of pirated goods worth N275, 000, 000. 00) in Lagos.
Director-General, NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude stated this while taking delivery of the seized containers by The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in collaboration with Officers of the Commission in Lagos recently.
The seized containers are as follows:
- 20 ft Container No. TRLU 9360256, carrying CDs and DVDs of various Nigerian and foreign musical and film works. Seized at Five Star Logistics Terminal of Tin Can Island Port.
- 20 ft Container No. Ponu 0972142 stacked with Bibles seized at the TICT Terminal in Tin Can Island Port.
- 20 ft Container No. MRSU 0099184 carrying books of different titles and authors seized at the AP Moller Terminal at Apapa Port.
Appreciating the collaboration between the Commission and other government Agencies in the fight against piracy, the DG commended the Comptroller General, NCS, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd), NCS Area Comptrollers, Deputy Controllers and the entire officers and men of the NCS in the Tin Can Island and Apapa Port command of the Service for their dedication in facilitating the seizures.
The Director-General stressed that “From 2011 to the 3rd quarter of 2016, our collaboration with the Nigerian Customs Service led to the seizure of a total of 25 containers of pirated copyright works.
Within the same period, the Commission carried out a total of 289 anti-piracy operations across the country and seized over 8 million assorted pirated copyright products with a market value of about N8.3 billion. If these goods were allowed to enter the Nigerian market, Nigerian copyright owners will be losing that value to pirates.
Furthermore, the Commission within the period filed several criminal charges against copyright offenders in different Federal High Courts across the country and secured a total of 55 convictions against copyright offenders. Other cases are in different stages of trial” he added.
The DG urged copyright owners and other stakeholders to deepen their collaboration with the commission in the areas of intelligence gathering, investigation and prosecution of copyright offenders to ensure that all creators and genuine investors earn substantial income from their creativity and investment.
He assured that the Commission is determined to sustain the fight against piracy and enjoined all pirates to desist from importing pirated works or face the wrath of the law.
The seized containers were handed over to the Zonal Manager, Lagos Operational Office, NCC; Mr. Obi Ezeilo by the Comptoller Tin can Area Command represented by Deputy Comptroller Ekewi T.K. Nwachukwu, at the 5 STAR Terminal and TICT Terminal.
NCC Confiscates Pirated Broadcast Contrivances
In a related development, following a surveillance conducted earlier, Officers of the Nigerian Copyright Commission destroyed several broadcast devices used in the illegal distribution of copyright protected cable Television Signal within the North and South Bank areas of Makurdi, Benue State.
The seizures estimated at N1.5 Million were conducted during an enforcement action against broadcast piracy from Monday January 30 to Wednesday February 1, 2017.
Director Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu who disclosed this in a report noted the three-day raid was carried out by a joint team of Copyright Officers, Mobile Policemen and an Official from Multichoice Nigeria.
He said several wires used for the illegal signal transmission were cut while boosters and senders were confiscated.
Mr Amodu further disclosed that investigation is still on-going and that all the culprits and theirs accomplices will be arrested and prosecuted.