Following adequate investigation and due surveillance, Enforcement Officers of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) recently arrested 14 persons suspected to be involved in the illegal distribution of copyright protected music and other sound recordings through MP3 with 29 Laptops worth Four Million Naira (N4, 000, 000) .
The suspects commonly referred to as "MP3 operators" were arrested by a joint team of staff of the Commission, Music Owners Recording Association of Nigeria (MORAN) and mobile Policemen.
Deputy Director, Owerri Liason Office, Mr. M. O. Madueke disclosed this in a report sent to the Director-General of the Commission, Mr. Afam Ezekude.
According to him, the Operation led by a Senior Enforcement Officer of the Commission Mr. Anthony Anyanwu K. raided major streets, including: St. Micheal's Road; Hospital Road; Ariaria junction; Umungasi Road; Flyover junction; Ali market and MCC Road in Aba, Abia State.
He said some of the suspected pirates arrested include Emmanuel Bright, Emereuwa Staley, Ohakim Nonso, Ikechukwu Okeh, Ezem Dicson, Shedrack Nnakwe, Chigaemezu Ishmael, Augustine Emeka, Stephen Okafor, Agbo Emmanuel, Okpara Chinonso, Chukwueke James and Ezeonyeme Chimaobi.
The Deputy Director also disclosed that the office has commenced further investigation and compilation of case files with the aim of prosecuting the suspects.
He re-emphasized the Commission's commitment to fully implement its statutory mandate of zero tolerance policy against piracy stressing that there will be no hiding place for pirates.
Mary A. Adegbile