The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has arrested 15 suspected pirates during simultaneous enforcement operations carried out in piracy hotspots in Lagos and Onitsha.
The Director of NCC Lagos Office, Matthew Ojo disclosed that the enforcement operations were done in Idumota and Ajegunle book markets where six suspected pirates were arrested and copies of pirated Christian devotional books estimated at N260,000 were confiscated.
Mathew reportedly said that the Commission carried out the anti-piracy raids following a petition by the Apostolate of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ alleging the infringement of its publication, a prayer book entitled, ‘’Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ”.
According to Mathew, the arrested suspects in Lagos were Gabriel Ibeh, Ifeanyi Egbue, Stephen Njoku, Chukwudi Nwankwo, Ramond Nwaoke, and Mrs. Pauline Eze.
In Onitsha, Anambra State enforcement raid, the State Coordinator, NCC Onitsha Office, Gabriel Anikwem who led the anti-piracy raid at different outlets in Onitsha Main Market, on Kanu and Moore Streets reportedly said that nine suspects were arrested with pirated copies of the prayer books including “The Voice of the Little Lillies”, “Devotion to The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ and “The Chaplet of the Precious Blood of Jesus Devotion” estimated at N228,000.
According to Gabriel, the arrested suspects in Onitsha were Mr. Nweke Patrick, the owner of St. Patrick’s Religious Centre (Nig), Okeke Onyinye, Uzondu Odinaka, Nwobodo Dorathy, Oninna Amarachi, Nwangwu Chidera, Enujeko Uche, Ogochukwu Chukwuma, and Alikwe Kenechukwu.
The Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission, John Asein reportedly said the raids executed simultaneously in the two states were clear signals on the renewed anti-piracy campaign of the Commission geared at stamping out all forms of copyright piracy in the creative sector.