October 15, 2016 – The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) recently released a report stating that the agency has arrested 15 suspected broadcast pirates in Delta State. The arrests was part of a three-day raid carried out from September 19 to the 21st by Copyright Inspectors and other law enforcement agents in the State. Following the raid, over 250 units of broadcast contrivances valued at N24,000,000 were seized. Also present during the raid were officials from Multi Choice and members of the press.
September 19, 2016 Raid in Warri LGA:
In the report, the Director of Enforcement, Mr. Augustine Amodu stated that on September 19, the items seized from the suspects were all broadcast enhancing devices and gadgets deployed in the illegal re-transmission of copyright protected broadcast signals. The Director specifically stated that five persons suspected to be broadcast pirates were arrested and broadcast gadgets worth N12,000,000 were seized.
He further stated that a total of 103 decoders belonging to different digital broadcast stations including DSTV, GOTV, STARTIMES, HITV, STRONG and TREND were confiscated; other items included sophisticated (skylink) booster, one thermocool wall mounted stabilizer (5000VA), 6 other stabilizers and other devices including wires, senders, boosters, remote controls e.t.c. He said the satellite dishes mounted by the suspected pirates were destroyed, while the LSBs were also confiscated during the raid.
September 20, 2016 Raid in Ughelli LGA:
During the raid on September 20, the Director disclosed that five suspected broadcast pirates were arrested while a total of 54 decoders belonging to different broadcasters including DSTV, GOTV, STARTIMES, HITV STRONG and TREND were seized. In addition, five stabilizers and other devices among which are wire, senders, boosters and remote controls worth N5,000,000 were confiscated.
September 21, 2016 Raid in Sapele LGA:
Speaking about the raid on September 21, the Director stated that the joint team seized 62 decoders belonging to different broadcasters including DSTV, GOTV, STARTIMES, HITV STRONG and TREND. The team also seized five stabilizers and other devices including wires, senders, boosters and remote controls estimated at N7,000,000.
The Director gave assurances that additional investigation to ascertain the level of involvement of the suspects and their collaborators has since commenced with the view to prosecuting them stressing that the there will no longer be any hiding place for pirates and their collaborations in Nigeria.
Source: Nigerian Copyright Commission