The Nigeria Copyright Commission, NCC, has arrested one Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.
Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.
“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.
“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector,” he said.
He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Charles Amudipe.
Others included; a team from Multi-choice Nigeria led by Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Mr Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.
According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him.
“The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion he was apprehended.
“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act.
“He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation,” he said.
Mr Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken.
He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.