Some of the allegedly pirated books seized included Criminal Law in Nigeria by Okonkwo and Naish; Nigerian tort law by Kodilinye and Aluko; The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka and Introduction to the Nigerian Legal System (2nd Edition) by John O. Asein. Other confiscated titles were Nigerian contract law by Itse Sagay; The boy drummer by Cyprien Ekwensi; Mallam Ilia’s Passport by Cyprien Ekwensi; and several other textbooks.
NCC Chief Executive Dr John Asein, who revealed it in Abuja, said the Commission would step up its enforcement activities while supporting the education of printers and booksellers of the evils of piracy.
According to him, “We have made a firm resolve to make enforcement the top priority of our intervention programs. We have spent a great deal of the past year enlightening booksellers and raising their awareness of the evils of piracy. However, it seems that they do not repent. This is why we will also not relax our anti-piracy campaign to send a strong message that it will no longer be business as usual in the book value chain.
While condemning the illicit trade of copyright piracy in all aspects of the creative industry, Dr. Asein said; “Piracy is cancerous and we must eradicate it before it destroys the education system in Nigeria. It is a serious mistake that impoverishes authors, paralyzes the profession of publisher and destroys the foundations of knowledge.
He expressed concern that the activities of pirates are discouraging authors who would otherwise have produced quality books and contributed significantly to the country’s GDP.
The Managing Director, who pledged the Commission’s commitment to help authors and publishers, instructed all booksellers in Wuse Market and other markets in Abuja to stock and sell only original texts or to leave the company because those who compromise the copyright system would meet the full wrath of the law.
A statement from the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Vincent Oyefeso, Asein further assuring that the Commission would not relax its efforts, the Director General requested the continued support of the media in the renewed strategic fight against piracy by informing the public and timely reporting of the Commission’s enforcement operations.
He added that the Commission would continue to work with market authorities across Nigeria “to ensure that their markets do not become outlets for pirates and other wrongdoers in the copyright ecosystem”.
Supported by armed police, the anti-piracy raid was coordinated by the directors of the Commission, including the director of operations, Mr. Obi Ezeilo; Director of Finance and Accounts, Mr. Mark Obasi; Director, Administration, Dr. Idowu Ogunkuade and Director, Regulatory, Mr. Augustine Amodu.