NCC Raids Major Markets In Lagos

04 September 2015

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has carried out three-day (3) anti-piracy raids in major markets in Lagos suspected to be piracy activity points.

The anti-piracy raids, which were carried out on Tuesday 25th , Wednesday 26th of August and  Tuesday 1st September, 2015 respectively at Iyana-Ipaja, Iyana Oba, Ojo, Oshodi and Obalende markets in Lagos came at the instance of complaint brought to the Commission by Yoruba Movie Marketers Association. Operatives of the Commission were accompanied on the raids by a combination  of Officers of the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police, Officers of the Lagos State Video Censors Board and Officers of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI).

The hugely successful 3 days anti-piracy actions saw the operatives stormed shops around railway station in Oshodi, open market by road sides, Obalende,  Iganmu and Ijora where pirated CDs and DVDs were being hawked.In the course of the raids, operatives of the Commission confiscated huge amount of pirated CDs and DVDs from sellers on all days.

A total of 35 suspects were arrested during the operations and they are being held in detention facilities at Alausa.The seized pirated works amounted to 50,000 copies and the estimated market value of the seizure is about at (N2, 000,000) two million Naira.

Victoria Oaikhena
Public Affairs (SCO)

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