The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)’s determination to curtail the scourge of book piracy in the current book season has paid off with the seizure of literary works worth One million five hundred thousand naira (N1, 500.000) during an anti piracy operation at Yaba Book Market in Lagos on September 7, 2017.
According to the Director of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu who disclosed this in a report at the Commission’s headquarters Abuja, four (4) suspects were arrested while over four hundred and fifty (450) book titles belonging to different authors and publishers were seized from the suspects.
Mr. Amodu gave the names of the arrested suspects as; Mr. Joseph Ibeh, Mr. Michael Nwaizu, Mr. Dozie Igwebuike and Mr. Alloy Ogbu respectively.
Popular titles of books seized during the raid include Exam Focus Mathematics for WASSCE & SSCE, MAN Primary Mathematics Book 5, Basic English Pry 5-6 (Book 4), New Oxford Secondary English JSS2-SSS3 all by University Press, The New First Aid in English by Angus Mauver, Longman Primary Dictionary, Macmillian Quantitative Reasoning Primary book 1, Progression Mathematics by Sunrise Publication and others.
The enforcement raid was executed by a team of Copyright Inspectors in the Lagos Zonal Office led by Mr. Francisco Aremu backed up by armed Policemen.
The success of the raid is the outcome of strategic planning and surveillance by the enforcement unit in the Lagos Office of the Commission.
Arrested suspects were granted administrative bail while investigation continues as suspects would soon be charged to Court for Prosecution.