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.