On July 7, 2017, operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) carried out anti-piracy raids on suspected pirates of DVDs. Five suspects were arrested in Garrison and Igwuruta areas of Port Harcourt.
Director of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu disclosed this in a report at the Commission’s headquarter in Abuja. According to his report, over 1000 DVD disc plates and a laptop all valued at N250,000 (approximately $800) were seized from the suspects.
Mr. Amodu noted that the suspected pirates specialize in pirating Nigerian DVD films and duplicating multiple films on a single DVD. He gave the names of the arrested suspects as Iyenemi Obene Briggs, Tony Charles, Ezechibuike Waveman, Ezekiel Victor and Paul Eze respectively.
The enforcement raid which was carried out after strategic planning and surveillance was executed with a team of Copyright Inspectors in collaboration with some officials of Music Owner’s Right Association of Nigeria (MORAN) backed up with Armed Policemen.
The Director stressed that the Commission remains undeterred in the fight against piracy and assured right owners of its commitment to proactive enforcement and prosecution as it carries out its mandate of protecting copyright works in Nigeria.
The suspects have been granted bail as further investigation continues.