NCC Seizes 3 Shipping Containers with Suspected Pirated Works Worth N1.5 Billion Naira

13 February 2015

The Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC in collaboration with Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has impounded suspected pirated copyright works worth over One Billion Naira at the Apapa Wharf Terminal.

The Zonal Manager/ Director, NCC Lagos Office, Barrister Chris Nkwocha while disclosing information about the seizure at a handover ceremony  organized by the Nigeria Customs Service explained that the suspected pirated materials comprising of  literary, musical and cinematographic works were found in the following shipping containers; MRKU 4366790, MRKU 9065731 And PCIU 2724366.

Barrister Nkwocha explained further that materials in the seized containers had earlier been examined and confirmed as containing suspected pirated works by a joint team led by NCC and Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Publishers Association and other Right Owners in March 6, 2013 and June 13 and August 7, 2014.

The Nigeria Customs Area Commander, Comptroller Eporwei Charles Edike while presenting the impounded containers to the NCC expressed that ‘‘The Nigeria Customs Service will continue to collaborate with the Commission to protect the works of Nigerian artistes and creators of copyright works’’.

He described the seized pirated works as a ‘‘Huge loss to the creative industry while assuring that ‘in line with its collaboration with the Commission, no pirated material would be allowed to enter into the country’’.

Comptroller Edike further emphasized that ‘‘Customs is concerned about stolen works and will continue to stop shipping containers of pirated works once they are detected at the Port’’.

The Zonal Manager Lagos who represented the Director-General, NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude at the occasion expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the NCS in partnering to fight against piracy. He reiterated that‘‘ with the Commission’s collaborative effort/partnership with Government Agencies such as Nigeria Customs Service, Copyright Stakeholders have hope that their works will  be protected.’’

Barrister Nkwocha assured Copyright Stakeholders that ‘‘The Commission will continue to make the environment more conducive for them to create Copyright works’’ and informed that further investigation would be carried out on the seized containers.

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