NCC has carried out raids in Mushin, Ojo, Shomolu, Festac town and Ikorodu parts of Lagos. It said it has arrested 25 persons and seized goods worth N105m in a crackdown on piracy.
Obi Ezeilo, Zonal Manager NCC told newsmen that the commission carried out the raid on those engaged in pirating creative works in major markets over the last nine months.
“The commission carried out a very huge raid in Bariga, Alaba Market, Festac town and Ojo and we arrested several pirates. We also arrested 25 pirates between January and September.”
“The total estimated value of seized pirated goods in the first, second and third quarter of the year is about N105 million.”
The manager said that some of the suspects have been charged to the Federal High Court in Lagos.
NCC Intensifies Crackdown On Piracy
Ezielo said the commission is committed to maintain its zero-tolerance policy against piracy.
Ezielo said that the commission conducted anti-piracy inspection in professional print, publishers and CDs’ distribution outlets. It also made several seizures.
He also stressed that the commission had stepped up its operations in the last quarter of the year. This is to curtail the activity of those engaged in the nefarious act.
Ezeilo said that in spite of the financial challenges being experienced by the commission, it had achieved a lot. He however calls for more funds to achieve its set mandate.