Fifteen suspected pirates have been arrested by the Nigerian Copyright Commission during simultaneous enforcement operations in piracy hot-spots in Lagos and Onitsha.
Pirated Christian devotional books estimated at about half a million Naira were confiscated by copyright inspectors during anti piracy raids executed with the assistance of security operatives in Idumota and Ajegunle area of Lagos as well as different outlets in Onitsha Main Market Anambra State.
Director of NCC Lagos Office, Matthew Ojo said six suspected pirates were arrested at Idumota and Ajegunle book markets where books estimated at two hundred and sixty thousand Naira were confiscated.
Those arrested in Lagos were Gabriel Ibeh, Ifeanyi Egbue, Stephen Njoku, Chukwudi Nwankwo, Ramond Nwaoke and Pauline Eze. In Onitsha the Commission’s State Coordinator Gabriel Anikwem said the operatives arrested nine people around Central Mosque area with suspected pirated copies of prayer books estimated at two hundred and twenty eight thousand Naira.
Those arrested in Onitsha include Nweke Patrick, Okeke Onyinye, Uzondu Odinaka, Nwobodo Dorathy, Oninna Amarachi, Nwangwu Chidera, Enujeko Uche, Ogochukwu Chukwuma and Alikwe Kenechukwu.
Director General of the Commission John Asein said the regulator is poised to prosecute the suspects after the conclusion of its ongoing investigation.