The Lagos Zonal Office of the Nigerian Copyright Commission led by Mr. Obi Ezielo, the Zonal Manager of the commission told the newsmen that the commission has arrested 25 suspected pirates, seized goods worth N76.6 million and also carried out the anti-piracy raids in the year 2016.
He said the locations where the 25 suspected pirates were arrested include; Alaba, Shomolu, Ajegunle and Ojo and also extended the raids to some major markets in the state.
According to Ezielo, the seized goods include 350,000 copies of optical discs, some home videos, movies, musical works and literary books, suspected of being pirated and the commission had seized N20 million worth of goods in Alaba market in March, N1.5million goods in April at the same market, N5 million worth of goods in Shomolu in June, N50 million worth of goods in Shomolu in July, while in August, N50,000 worth of goods were seized in Ajegunle Lamlad.
He also made it known that some of the suspects had been charged to the Federal High Court in Lagos and the commission had conducted anti-piracy inspection in professional print, publishing and CDs’ distribution outlets within Lagos metropolis and the commission would step up its anti-piracy raids and eradication in 2017.
He added “Despite the financial constraints confronting the commission, we will not fail to discharge our mandate, because the eradication of piracy attitude is our utmost priority, though 2017 was a challenging year for the commission but the zeal and effort to combat piracy in 2017 and genuine creators would benefit from the products of their creativity”.