Nigerian Copyright Commission Arrests Two for DSTV Broadcast Piracy

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April 1, 2016 — Following complaints from Multi-Choice and as a result of surveillance operations, armed policemen accompanied by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) team have carried out operations leading to the arrest of two suspects for DSTV broadcast piracy in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The NCC team led by the Head of Enforcement of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office, Nkechi O. Ezinma, identified the suspects, 35-year-old Benson James and one Mr. Clifford, who were apprehended at La Gold Road, off Azikoro Road, and Lagos Sand Road off Diepreye Alamieyeseigha Road, respectively.

At Mr. James’s residence on La Gold Road, the NCC impounded fifteen decoders, several smart cards, five satellite dishes, several cables of wire, and three booklets of receipts, which had been issued to subscribers.

Speaking about the arrests and seizures, Mrs. Ezinma stated:

“We carried out our own investigation through surveillance. After that, we discovered that there were some illegal operators in Bayelsa State that staked smart cards and used them to transmit signals to many subscribers after collecting money. We identified two areas and arrested two suspects and made some seizures. The suspects have been taken to the police and after investigations are complete, they will be brought to court”.

She further stated that the NCC is determined to execute its mandate to protect intellectual property by ensuring those that infringe on the right of stakeholders are dealt with in line with the law.

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