In pursuit of the fight against infringements of broadcast rights in the country, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in collaboration with Multichoice Nigeria Limited recently carried out an anti-piracy raid at Dada Estate in Osogbo, Osun State with the arrest of the suspect on January 26, 2018.
According to the report released at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the suspect, Mr.Idoni Joseph Osagie was arrested at his residence with several exhibits
Some items that aid broadcast piracy were found and confiscated from the suspect’s residence. The items include (13) different types of decoders comprising (5) units of DSTV decoders, (1) unit of GOTV decoder, mounted decoders with a Pilot Television set, rolls of cables and Clients Register.
Other exhibits and contrivances used in the distribution of illegal broadcast signals were also sighted around the suspects flat such as large Rolls of Coaxial cables, Satellite dishes mounted and connected to the suspects flat and (10) Signal Boosters mounted on electric poles on his street and adjoining streets in the Neighborhood.
According to the NCC Zonal Manager, Ibadan, Mrs. Ogundiran, the suspect in the course of interrogation admitted to engaging in the illegal broadcast piracy due to the viability of the business.
The operation which was carried out after strategic surveillance by officials of Multichoice Nigeria was executed by a combined team of Copyright Inspectors and Staff of Multichoice Nigeria backed by Armed Policemen.
The arrested suspect has been granted administrative bail while investigation continues.
For: Director General