The Nigerian Copyright Commission has announced the seizure of Broadcast contrivances worth 36.1 Million Naira with the arrest of two suspects recently in Delta State. According to the Commission, the arrest and seizure are in line with the Director General, Mr. Afam Ezekude’s, proactive zeal to enforce the Nigerian Copyright law and curtail the scourge of broadcast piracy in the Niger Delta region.
The seizure and arrest of suspects was carried out during an anti-piracy operation in Ughelli and Warri Delta State between March 13 to 16, 2018.
Speaking on the activities of the NCC as it relates to the arrest and seizure, the Director of Enforcement, Mr. Augustine Amodu, who spoke to newsmen in Warri stated that the confiscated items included several Decoders, Splitters, Senders and Boosters while two trucks load of wires were destroyed during the operation.
The suspects were at the time of the disclosure detained at the facilities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Warri while investigation continued.
Mr. Amodu said under the leadership of the Mr. Ezekude, the enforcement of Copyright Law has continued to record successes and the NCC had recorded 58 convictions and 150 cases in the Federal High Courts.
The Director of Enforcement lamented that piracy is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society and noted that it is a setback on the diversification policy of the Federal Government as it discourages creativity.
He called for the sustenance of anti-piracy operation on broadcast items in the Niger Delta region due to the resuscitation of activities by pirates as soon the enforcement team leaves.
While warning perpetrators to desist from these illegalities he advised them to seek better means of livelihood before the law catches up with them.