On Wednesday January 20, the Nigerian Copyright Commission arraigned a man before Justice M. B. Idris of the Federal High Court for book piracy in Lagos. The accused who had been on the run since 2015 was arrested by members of the Nigerian Police Force. The Copyright Commission had filed charges against the accused on November 11, 2015 in Charge No. FHC/L/470c/15.
Excerpt from the One Count Charge is provided below:
“That you Olisakwe Chigozie Loffman… on or about the 1st day of September 2014 within the Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court did cause to be made for the purpose of trade and business One thousand, one hundred and ninety (1190) infringing copies of works in which copyright subsist in favour of Olu Omoju, Mark Nkemdi, Pearson publishers and HEBN publishers and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under the Section 20 (1)(a) of the Copyright Act C28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
During the arraignment, Counsel for the Commission, Mr. Lawrence C. Nnoli informed the court of the one count charge preferred against the accused by the Commission. The accused pleaded “not guilty” and was granted bail in the sum of one million naira with two sureties of like sum. Trial is slated for February 23, 2016.