Nigeria: Copyright Commission Arrests Broadcast Pirate in Lokoja as part of ‘Operation Confluence’

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Acting on a tip from Multichoice Nigeria Limited and further investigation, Copyright Inspectors from the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) have carried out an anti-broadcast piracy raid on the residence of one Salisu Mcdonald M., a suspected pirate at Ganaja Village in Lokoja.

The enforcement raid, which was carried out on January 10, 2017, was  tagged ‘Operation Confluence’.  According to the NCC, the raid was carried out after strategic planning and surveillance by a coordinated team of Copyright Inspectors accompanied by armed Policemen.

Director of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu, who disclosed this in a report released at the Commission’s Head Office in Abuja, said the confiscated items seized are worth N1.2 million.  Among the items seized during the operation where Decoders, Smart Cards, Boosters, Splitters, and Cable wires. Mr. Amodu reiterated the Commission’s resolve to stamp out piracy in the Country.

The suspect who was arrested during the raid has since been granted administrative bail. The investigation continues and remains open.

The NCC has over the last few years dedicated time and resources to combat signal piracy and illegal transmission of pay TV signal in various parts of the country. Last year, there were a number of enforcement raids carried out in various parts of Delta State and also in Bayelsa State

This article was published as part of NLIPW Copyright Law Vol. 3 No. 1, February 3, 2017.

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com

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