Saturday, September 18, 2021

NCC impounds 250 pirated books, arrests 3 suspects in Suleja market

Must read

Agency Reporthttps://dailynigerian.com/author/rayyan/
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
- Advertisement -

The Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, in collaboration with armed policemen have arrested three suspected pirates and impounded 250 pirated copies of the Holy Bible in Suleja Market, Niger State.

READ ALSO:   Kano govt to procure 100 tractors‎ at cost of N344m

NCC Director of Public Affairs, Vincent Oyefeso, who announced the figure in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the Commission also impounded different textbooks

Oyefeso said that the seizures estimated at N1.5 million, were made by the Copyright Inspectors during a recent anti-piracy operation at One Way Road, Suleja Market, Niger.

“The suspects; Kelechi Ugwuiro, Romanus Ojimba and Ebuka Chinedu were arrested for distributing and offering for sale suspected pirated literary works, contrary to provisions of the Nigerian Copyright Act.

READ ALSO:   [email protected]: Nominations now open for Special Awards – Organisers

“The confiscated works included primary and secondary school texts, copies of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and different versions of the Holy Bible,” the director said.

He noted that the Director of Operations of the Agency, Obi Ezeilo, said the anti-piracy raid led by a Chief Copyright Officer, Chukwuemeka Ngene, was sequel to the surveillance earlier carried out by officers of the commission.

According to Mr Ezeilo, further investigation has commenced toward apprehending the main suppliers in the piracy chain, and prosecuting the arrested suspects.

READ ALSO:   Pantami impressed as NITDA earns global IT security standard

He expressed the agency’s commitment to discharging its enforcement mandates, “especially at this time, when the book season is around the corner”.

READ ALSO:   Nigerian govt partners Sierra Leone on road safety

The director called on members of the public to assist the commission by volunteering information on suspected piracy outlets and suspicious warehouses of books, through any of its state offices or on the Commission’s website www.copyright.gov.ng.

“The commission’s main operational contacts are: anti-piracy hotline: 09019003200; email: [email protected],” Mr Oyefeso said.

NAN

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
READ ALSO:   [email protected]: Nominations now open for Special Awards – Organisers

- Advertisement -

Latest article

- Advertisement -
cosgrove