NCC reads riot act to pirates

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…says It’s no longer biz as usual

By Barth  Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

As Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC),marks its 30th year anniversary, it has sounded it loud and clear that it is no longer business as usual for pirates in the country.

The Rivers State Coordinator of NCC, Mrs Nkechi Ezinma stated this in an exclusive interview with Nigerian NewsDirect in Port Harcourt, as part of activities marking the Commission’s 30th anniversary in the country.

According to her, a situation where artistes who worked so hard to produce intellectual property, are not allowed to enjoy their creative endeavours by pirates will no longer be tolerated.

Ezinma who was categorical that the war against piracy has been reinvigorated, noted that pirates have been fought to a standstill.

She advised pirates to look for another business to do,as the country or Rivers State can no longer be conducive for them to operate.

“My advice to pirates is that they should find something else to do, as it is not going to be business as usual. Since they want to reap where they did not sow, NCC led by its Director Genera(DG),will not allow that. The fight against piracy is continuous and we are not relenting.”

Throwing more light on their war against piracy, Mrs Ezinma said they hold consultative meetings with stakeholders and sometimes acting on petitions, they embark on anti-piracy operations, where perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted.

The State Coordinator said NCC has arrested, prosecuted and even secured convictions of pirates in the country. She also said  that  some piracy cases are pending in courts across the nations’ High Courts.

Commenting on the Commission’s anniversary, the Coordinator said they have embarked on tour of selected media organizations and have also informed the sister agencies such as, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC),among others of the celebration.

Ezinma  said the official flag off of the anniversary is 19/8/19 and the programme will spread to September.

She advised artistes, who she said are deprived of reaping from their God given talent not to give up.

“ As for the artistes, they should not give up. They should instead continue expressing their God-given talent, bearing in mind  that they must reap from their sweat,” Ezinma said.

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