July 31, 2016 — Last month, operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) impounded Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) worth of suspected pirated literary works during an anti-piracy raid in Somolu Area in Lagos. The NCC also arrested six suspects during the raid.
The raid was executed by a joint team of Copyright Inspectors led by M.D.A. Ojo of NCC Lagos Zonal Office and a back up team of the Nigeran Army (OP MESSA Team).
Speaking on the raid, the Director of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu stated that Eight hundred and twenty four (824) copies of suspected pirated books belonging to different authors were confiscated.
Although the raid was successful with no resistance from the suspected pirates, an operative of the NCC, Mr. Anthony Ojin, suffered bodily harm from electrocution during the raid. Addressing this issue, Mr. Joseph Ojika representing the Zonal Manager NCC, Lagos, encouraged the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in future anti-piracy raids to minimize accidents.