NCC arrests 14 pirates and recovers N5 million

Channels Television  
Updated March 21, 2012

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)  as part of its efforts to check piracy, arrested 14 pirates and recovered exhibits worth N5 million from raids it conducted in Benin City, Edo State, and Warri and Ughelli in Delta State on Tuesday.

At a press briefing, the Commission’s Head of Enforcement, Augustine Amodu, disclosed that those in their custody were specialists in broadcast piracy who use multiple decoders and boosters to tap from legal satellite television broadcasters to people within their vicinity covering between 200 and 300 houses and collect subscription.

“During the raids, we recovered decoders, dishes, smart cards, television sets used to do broadcast piracy…some of these pirates have about five to 10 decoders, use boosters and very powerful senders and signals belonging to legal people to over 200 to 300 houses and they collect subscription between N500 to N1,000 monthly…our stakeholders have been complaining that these people are doing illicit business with their facilities. We take statements from those arrested, and give them,” administrative bail. When we are ready for prosecution, we go for them,” Amodu said.