Container of N60 Million Suspected Pirated Books Seized by Copyright Commission

27 March 2014

A Twenty feet container, loaded with 60,000 copies of suspected pirated literary works estimated at sixty million Naira (N60 million), has been confiscated by operatives of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) at the Apapa Seaport, Lagos.

A report by the Ports Monitoring Officer of NCC, Mr. Joe Ojika, which disclosed this in Lagos, stated that upon a tip-off, the container marked BMOU 2575217 was intercepted on March 24, 2014.

According to the report the container was stacked with 1200 cartons of literary works totaling 60,000 copies of various foreign and Nigerian published books including:

  • Harrap French Paperback Dictionary- New edition by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd
  • Good News Bible- GNB Pocket Edition, 2nd edition 1994- United Bible Society
  • The Holy Bible by Cambridge University Press
  • The Bible (Revised Standard Version) New Testament Section-2nd edition- Collins Bible-1971
  • Holy Bible- Revised Standard Version- 2008
  • Every Woman by Derek Llewellyn-Jones, 9th Edition (1998) in association with Spectrum Books Ltd, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Fundamentals of Economics, 3rd edition by R.A.I Anyanwuocha (Africana First Publishers PLC)
  • Clinically Oriented Anatomy-7th Edition, Moore, Dalley & Agur, International Edition
  • Ross and Wilson, Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness (11th edition) by Churchill Livingstone Elsevier- International Edition

It stated that investigation was ongoing to unmask the identity of the importer for prosecution.  It would be recalled that in 2012, the Commission, in collaboration with Nigeria Customs Service, recorded an unprecedented confiscation of a total of 13 containers of 3.6 billion (3,613,315) units of pirated products at different seaports in the country. Whereas, 11 of the containers were stacked with pirated books of Nigerian and foreign authors, the remaining two were loaded with pirated musical and film works of local and foreign titles.

In 2013, the Commission also confiscated a total of four (4) containers at different seaports in Lagos, one containing pirated books of Nigerian and foreign authors and three (3) stacked with pirated musical and film works of local and foreign titles.

The recent seizure brings to 18 the total number of containers of suspected pirated copyright works impounded so far.

Ijeoma Egbunike
Chief Copyright Officer
For: Director-General

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