Director General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) Mr. Afam Ezekude’s proactive zeal to enforce the Nigerian Copyright law and curtail the scourge of broadcast piracy in the Niger Delta region has led to the seizure of Broadcast contrivances worth 36.1 Million Naira with the arrest of two suspects recently in Delta State.
The seizure and arrest of suspects was carried out during an anti-piracy operation in Ughelli and Warri Delta State between March 13 to 16, 2018.
NCC Director of Enforcement, Mr. Augustine Amodu made the disclosure while speaking to Newsmen in Warri.
Confiscated items include several Decoders, Splitters, Senders and Boosters while two Trucks load of wires were destroyed during the operation.
The arrested suspects are currently being detained at the facilities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Warri while investigation continues.
Mr. Amodu said under the leadership of the DG, NCC, Mr. Ezekude, the enforcement of Copyright Law has reached its height today as NCC, has recorded 58 convictions and 150 cases in the Federal High Courts.
The Director of Enforcement lamented that piracy is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society and noted that it is a setback on the diversification policy of the Federal Government as it discourages creativity.
He called for the sustenance of anti-piracy operation on broadcast items in the Niger Delta region due to the resuscitation of activities by pirates as soon the enforcement team leaves.
While warning perpetrators to desist from these illegalities he advised them to seek better means of livelihood before the law catches up with them.
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