Nigeria: Federal High Court Sentences Book Pirate to Two Years Imprisonment

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced one Mr. Anthony Okojie to two years imprisonment on a one count charge of unauthorized sale of 376 copies of bibles and motivational books in which Copyright subsist to the Bible Society of Nigeria.

Justice Musa Haruna Kurya who presided over the case, on the January 29, 2018 found the accused person guilty, following Charge No. FHC/l/429C/2013 instituted against the accused by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).

It would be recalled that the NCC filed a petition against the accused following a report by the Bible Society of Nigeria stating that their books are being pirated by the accused, the Commission carried out an anti-piracy operation on June 21, 2013. Some pirated copies of books were impounded at accused shop at Ojolowu Shopping Complex, Abeokuta express way Sango Ota Ogun State.

The accused was arraigned on November 26, 2013 at the Federal High Court, Lagos State.

During the trial, the prosecution presented three witnesses and tendered several exhibits to establish its case. The accused however did not put up any defense or call any witness instead he filed a submission of no case to answer which the Judge eventually over ruled.

After several proceedings, the accused changed his plea to not guilty sometime in February 2014.

The Judge noted that the two years imprisonment which is without an option of fine will be calculated from the date the accused was arrested

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