Report Of The Seized Shipping Container Handed Over To The Commission On 2nd September, 2015

07 September 2015

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has taken possession of a 1x20ft shipping container of pirated text books at the APMT Apapa Port, Lagos The Shipping Container, which is the 23rd container of the series of shipping containers of pirated copyright works confiscated by the Commission, was handed over to the Commission by Nigeria Custom Service at Apapa Port, Lagos on Wednesday 2nd, and September 2015.

The Seizure of the Shipping container of pirated copyright works by the Commission upon collaborative with effort between the Nigerian Copyright Commission and the Nigeria Custom Service over the years.

While handing over the shipping container to the Commission, the Custom Area Controller in Apapa Mr. Eporwei Charles Edike noted that the energy and effort that Copyright owners put into their works are unquantifiable. He said that it’s wrong for those behind pirated works to reap where they did not sow.

The Apapa Port Custom Area controller said further that the Nigeria Custom service is aware of the pains right owners go through when they lose their works to pirates. He disclosed that the Nigeria Custom Service will not allow piracy to thrive since pirates are thieves.

He also said that the Nigeria Custom Service will continue to partner with the Nigerian Copyright Commission in order to rid the society of piracy activities, while receiving the shipping container of pirated copyright works on behalf of the Commission’s Director-General, the Zonal Director, Lagos Office of Nigerian copyright Commission.

Barrister Chris Nkwocha expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the Nigerian Custom Service for collaborating with the Commission.He said that the Commission will continue to partner with the Nigeria Custom Service in order to stop pirated Copyright works from getting to the public. He noted that it was high time for pirate to be chased out of the Nigerian Society.

Barrister Nkwocha disclosed that the Commission will ensure that the perpetrators of pirated works will be brought to Justice. He added that the NCC will continue to furnish the customs with the intelligence that will ensure that pirated copyright works are seized at the port.The 1x20ft shipping container seized by the Commission was found to contain full load of various pirated text books meant for tertiary institution. The pirated works belong to various authors/publishers and are estimated to be worth Sixty Million Naira.

Olumide Oduntan
ACPAO (Special Duties)

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