The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) operatives have arrested two book piracy suspects, Mrs. Anakwue Josephine and Mrs. Alheri Abba during an anti-piracy operation carried out at the Government Secondary School, Pasali in the Kuje Area Council of Abuja, FCT.
The Director of Public Affairs of the commission, Mr. Vincent Oyefeso reportedly said that the antipiracy operation, led by Mr. Chukwuemeka Ngene of the Commission’s Operations Department was carried out by a combined team of copyright and police operatives following a complaint lodged by the Daughters Place Publishers.
Oyefeso reportedly said that Eighty-three copies of suspected pirated works titled ‘The Hollow godsend’, authored by Babatunde Suleiman were confiscated.
According to Oyefeso, the suspects were interrogated and profiled at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja where administrative bail was granted and further investigation is ongoing.
The Commissions Director of Operations, Mr. Obi Ezeilo reportedly pledge the commissions allegiance to enforce the criminal provisions of the Copyright Act while assuring Nigerians that the commission would focus on intensifying its anti-piracy operations across the country with the sole aim of ensuring that the right owners are reaping the fruit of their labour.
Ezeilo reportedly implored the school proprietors and heads of schools to always patronize only legitimate outlets.
Ezeilo reportedly encouraged publishers and authors to be vigilant and promptly report any suspected case of infraction to the nearest office of the commission.