Copyright officials destroy transmission facilities worth N5.3 million in Enugu

Some transmission materials destroyed by the agency

Some transmission materials destroyed by the agency

OPERATIVES of the Nigerian Copyright Commission in Enugu recently swooped on broadcast pirates who specialize in the re-transmission of DSTV signals, confiscating and destroying equipment worth about N5.3 million.

The Zonal Director of the NCC, Mrs. Ngozi Okeke, who briefed newsmen on the latest raid, disclosed that it was targeted at pirates at Ngwo as well as others in parts of the Enugu metropolis.

Mrs. Okeke, who lamented the level of piracy against Multichoice Nigeria, said the operation has become necessary as a result of the huge financial loss the DSTV owners are experiencing due to these illegal operations.

She explained that the operation involved a team of six copyright inspectors led by Macfoy Akachukwu, 12 armed policemen, and over 15 support staff who stormed Ngwo, Achara Layout, Idaw River and Ikiriki areas of the Enugu capital.

The NCC director explained that the operation centred more on cutting down the wires/cables used in the illegal re-transmission and connections.

“This approach has proved over time to be effective and the Commission in partnership with Multichoice will sustain and intensify this approach until pirates are chased out of business or liaise with Multichoice for a more regularised business.

On behalf of the Director General of NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude, the South-East director appealed to well- meaning Nigerians to actively support the Commission in the fight against piracy as the Commission cannot do it alone.

She warned all pirates within the South Eastern states to close shop as copyright inspectors have identified their hideouts and outlets and are systematically closing up on them.

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