Media Reports on Actions Against Piracy, Counterfeiting & Substandard Products in Nigeria: January – June 2015

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June 29, 2015 — Every year, NLIPW highlights Media Reports on actions against piracy, counterfeiting and substandard products in Nigeria, see Reports herehere and here.  Below are highlights from media reports that cover January to June 2015.

Agency/Other Summary of Media Report Media Report
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) Operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) while collaborating with task force units within the Alaba International Market impounded 1,744 pirated DVDs of the movie ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ belonging to Shareman Media. The seizure was estimated to be valued at about N1million Naira. Nigerian Copyright Commission Impounds Pirated DVDs of The Movie ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ | NLIPW Newsroom, January 9, 2015
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) announced at a media briefing that it had seized more than five containers of suspected fake and unregistered drugs valued at N270 Million. Two suspects who were involved in operation of an illegal production facility were also paraded by the agency. According to the Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, the containers were seized with the assistance of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and included Heragra (120 tablets milligramme), Ziagra (120 milligramme tablets), Tramadol (200 milligramme capsules), among others NAFDAC Confiscates Fake Drugs Worth N270 Million | NLIPW Newsroom, January 27, 2015
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control in collaboration with Emani Global Networks Limited (EGNL), began carrying out on-the-spot analysis of packaged water (popularly referred to as ‘Pure Water’) in Rivers State, Nigeria. The aim is to safeguard public health and follows the failure of some registered packaged water to pass NAFDAC’s laboratory analysis. The testing will be carried out annually using modern mobile laboratory techniques and includes monitoring of water quality standards by conducting on-site physio-chemical and microbiological quality test analysis at all packaged water manufacturing facilities. NAFDAC Conducts On-the-Spot Analysis of Packaged Water in Rivers State | NLIPW Newsroom, February 17, 2015
Nigerian Copyright Commission and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) reported that the Commission in collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), it had impounded pirated works estimated to be worth about N1.5 billion Naira from the Apapa Wharf Terminal in Lagos. The pirated materials included musical, literary and cinematographic works and were found in containers MRKU 4366790, MRKU 9065731 and PCIU 272436. Copyright Commission Confiscates Pirated Works Worth N1.5 Billion Naira | NLIPW Newsroom, February 19, 2015NCC seizes 3 Shipping Containers with Suspected Pirated works worth N1.5 Billion Naira
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) reported that the Commission arrested five suspected pirates for the illegal production, possession and commercial distribution of several copies of former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s memoir titled “My Watch” and other literary works. According to the Commission, following complaints against Kachifo Limited for unauthorized production and commercial distribution of the book, a team of inspectors from the Commission on May 20, 2015, carried out investigation and surveillance and subsequently raided different locations within the FCT, Abuja. A total of Four Hundred and Ninety (490) copies of infringing copyright books estimated at Three Million Five Hundred Thousand naira (N3,500,000) were confiscated by the team of copyright inspectors. The materials impouned included 64 packet of ‘My Watch’ (192 copies); 74 Copies of Global Trends in State Formation; 80 copies of Perspective on Nation-state Formation in Contemporary Africa, and 140 copies of other book titles. Nigerian Copyright Commission Arrests Five Persons and Impounds Pirated Copies of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Book | NLIPW Newsroom, June 11, 2015NCC Impounds Pirated Copies of Olusegun Obasanjo’s My Watch; Arrests five | Nigerian Copyright Commission
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Following a fire incident in 2012, the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control launched its newly built warehouse in Lagos to serve as additional storage facility for seized products and drugs
NAFDAC Unveils New Storage Facility in Lagos | NLIPW Newsroom ,April 3, 2015
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control reported that it had sealed-off the elite confectionery and multinational food outlet, Chocolate Royale for various unethical practices and non-adherence to Good Manufacturing and Hygienic Practices in Nigeria.
NAFDAC Seals Chocolate Royale | NAFDAC, May 28, 2015

NAFDAC Releases Statement on Why it Shut Down Elite Confectionery, Chocolate Royale in Lagos | NLIPW Newsroom | June 7, 2015

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii, declared the consumption of the popular local gin Ogogoro unsafe for consumption in Nigeria.
NAFDAC Declares Locally-Made Gin (Ogogoro) Unsafe For Consumption In Nigeria | NLIPW Newsroom, June 11, 2015
Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) confiscated N200 million substandard baby diapers from a Chinese firm, Ming Teag Trade and Investment Company limited in Lagos. Some staff of the firm, were also arrested.
SON Confiscates N200m Substandard Baby Diapers, Arrests Importers | NLIPW Newsroom, June 11, 2015

*Media Report prepared as of June 29, 2015

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