The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), has warned pirates to desist from illegal acts or face the wrath of the law.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Ngene, a Senior Copyright Officer in the NCC Abuja office gave the warning over the weekend when he led a team from the commission to Lokoja, Kogi State, in an operation against those engaging in broadcasting piracy.
According to him, the activities of pirates in the country has become a nightmare to legitimate business owners, depriving them from enjoying the fruit of their labour.
He said culprits have been indulging in house to house wiring, using some gadgets to break into established signal of satellite outfits and
distributing them to unsuspecting subscribers for commercial purposes, noting that the act is capable of pushing legitimate and licensed broadcasting satellite operators out of business.
Ngene who said that five persons were arrested for the illegal act in Lokoja, listed some of the exhibits seized from them to included
laptops, black boxes, decorders and other gadgets used in hacking into signal belonging to DSTV, My TVand those belonging to other satellite service providers.
His words: “As you can see we caught five of them in the act. The message is very clear there is no hiding place for pirates in Nigeria.
After our thorough investigation we will charge them to court under the Nigeria Copyright Law (2004) of the country.
“The essence of this clampdown is to get the suspects who are directly involved in the hacking of signals and during investigation they will
lead us to the source of the materials they use in their operation.”
One of the suspect arrested who identified himself as Musa Ndese said he was relaxing in his house at Adankolo when two men including a
policemen entered his house and arrested him for engaging in the illegal act of hacking satellite broadcasting systems.
He claimed that though he deals in selling and maintenance of decoders, but never involved himself in piracy as alleged by the men
of the commission.