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NCC Moves Against Piracy, Arrests Three For Hawking Pirated Works – Naijanewsdirect

Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has stated that it arrested three individuals for hawking copyright protected materials in Abuja.

The Commission who revealed that it’s intensifying efforts at checking street trading of pirated books, musical works and movies in Abuja and other states.

The Director of Public Affairs of the Commission, Vincent Oyefeso made this known via a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The suspects Abubakar Abdullahi, Emmanuel Onyebuchi and Odushola Arowolo were said to be hawking copyright-protected works at the Eagle square estimated at N250, 000 were also impounded.

“Infringing items seized during the operation included copies of various titles of foreign and local authors suspected to be pirated.

“One of the street vendors who specialised in unauthorised downloading of musical works and movies into memory sticks and mobile phones was also arrested while attending to some customers and his contrivances were confiscated,” he added.

He added that the suspects who were interrogated at the Commission’s Headquarters were granted administrative bail while investigation continues.

He said the exercise in Abuja, signalled the commencement of a line up of enforcement interventions in the country on a sustainable basis.

Oyefeso also said that the enforcement operation was a follow-up to the recent collaboration between the Commission and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), carried out by a team of Copyright Inspectors and officers of Nigeria Police.

He said that the enforcement drive would be sustained until street trading in copyright works were stamped out.

Tunde Ogunmola
Tunde Ogunmola
'Tunde Ogunmola Executive Editor/CEO (OBAT CONNECTS CONCEPTS) Publishers of Naija News Direct) Tel: 08055102893, 08126439182 (WhatsApp)

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