Media Reports on Actions Against Piracy, Counterfeiting & Substandard Products in Nigeria: August to December 2014

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December 5, 2014 –Throughout the year, NLIPW has highlighted media reports on actions against piracy, counterfeiting and substandard products in Nigeria, see here and here.  Below are highlights from media reports that cover August to December 2014.

Agency/Other Summary of Media Reports Media Report
November ’14
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control reported that it has secured a conviction against  a man who specialized in counterfeiting various alcoholic drinks. The man was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment with the option of fine of N600,000. NAFDAC Wins Landmark Judgement against Counterfeiter | NAFDAC, November 26, 2014
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Three illegal factories in Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra State, were shut by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.  Fake and sub-standard products valued at over N200 million were also confiscated during a two-day raid conducted by the Monitoring and Enforcement Team of the organisation. SON Confiscates Fake, Sub-Standard Products In Onitsha by Okechukwu Obeta | Leadership, November 12, 2014
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Daily Times NG reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control arrested a man suspected to be in possession of 10,000 labels of assorted drinks in Enugu, Nigeria.
NAFDAC Arrests Man With 10,000 Assorted Drinks Labels |Daily Times NG, November 11, 2014
Standards Organisation of Nigeria The Standard Organisation of Nigeria sealed two factories suspected to be involved in the production of counterfeit and substandard goods in Nsugbe, near Onitsha, in Anambra State. SON Seals Illegal Factories in Anambra | Daily Independent, November 7, 2014
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) The Nigerian Copyright Commission reported that its operatives impounded suspected pirated copyright materials worth N23.5 million (Twenty three million, five hundred thousand Naira) in raids carried out on October 9 and 11 respectively in Parts of Enugu State. NCC Impounds N23M worth Broadcast Materials in Enugu | Copyright Commission, November 7, 2014
Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods sealed illegal drug stores at Alapere, Magodo; and Ikosi-Isheri environs in Kosofe and Ikosi-Isheri local government and local council development area of the state.
Lagos Seals Off 40 Illegal Drug Stores | Nigerian Tribune, November 3, 2014

october ’14
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The Guardian Newspaper reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration arraigned four persons before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly dealing in unregistered products. Arraigns Four Over Counterfeit Products by Joseph Onyekwere | The Guardian, October 29, 2014
Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) and the International Trademark Association (INTA) Thisday Newspaper reported that two nonprofit organisations, Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) and the International Trademark Association (INTA) have entered into partnership to discuss ways to effectively address counterfeiting and piracy issues in Nigeria. NGOs Collaborate to Tackle Counterfeiting, Piracy by Crusoe Osagie | THISDAY Live, October 28, 2014
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The Sun newspaper reported that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control arrested two suspects, who allegedly specialise in counterfeiting various cosmetics and food products, as well as distribution and sale of fake Derica tomato paste. NAFDAC Arrests 2 Suspects Over Fake Cosmetics, Tin Tomatoes by Doris Obinna | The Sun, October 28, 2014
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Ibadan, Oyo State, received expired drugs estimated at N2m from the Ibadan Chapter of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN). NAFDAC Receives Expired Drugs Worth N2m From ACPN | Leadership, October 28, 2014
Nigerian Copyright Commission Leadership Newspaper reported that the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) arrested one Umaru Abdullahi for book piracy in Minna, Niger.
Commission Arrests Man For Book Piracy In Niger | Leadership, October 17, 2014
Nigerian Copyright Commission NLIPW Newsroom reported that on September 12, 2014 operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) confiscated pirated literary works belonging to different publishing outfits from outlets along Baale Street in Ajegunle, Lagos state. Nigerian Copyright Commission Confiscates Pirated Literary Works Worth N400,000
Phone & Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDAN) The Phone & Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDAN),  apprehended a Chinese citizen accused of flooding the Nigerian market with over 10,000 substandard phones. Fake Phone Dealer Arrested | THISDAY LIVE, October 3, 2014
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control seized goods worth over N3 million at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
NAFDAC seizes goods worth N3million at Enugu Airport by Emmanuel Uzodinma | Daily Post, September 30, 2014
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) sealed seven shops and confiscated contraband and fake food products worth millions of naira in Kano.
NAFDAC Raids Kano Markets, Seizes Fake Drugs Worth Millions of Naira | Daily Independent, September 1, 2014
Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Nigerian Customs Service handed a container of fake, expired drugs and hospital equipment to National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
Customs hands over expired drugs to NAFDAC by Martins Nwanne | The SUN, September 1, 2014
Nigerian Copyright Commission Nigerian Tribune reported that the Nigerian Copyright Commission seized pirated books, worth over N10 million, after a raid of markets and book shops in Port Harcourt.
Copyright Commission Seizes N10m Pirated Books in Port Harcourt by Dapo Falade | Nigerian Tribune, August 11, 2014

*media reports on actions against piracy, counterfeiting and substandard products in Nigeria as of December 5, 2014

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