The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has seized pirated books belonging to different publishers and other items in Lagos.
Mr Chris Nkwocha, the Lagos Zonal Manager of NCC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the seizure took place after a hint by an informant.
Nkwocha put the value of seized items at N30 million.
“The commission sent some of its officials to investigate the matter where the illegal publication was taking place.
“After the investigation, it was confirmed that the illegal publication took place in the suspected printing press.
“The commission then alerted police officers to raid the printing firm where the illegal publication took place in Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos,’’ Nkwocha said.
According to him, the commission arrested 15 persons engaged in the illegal publication at the printing press.
Nkwocha said that during the operation, other items seized include printed flyers, wall stickers and medicine bottle covers with inscriptions on them.
“The printing office was sealed by the operatives after the raid, “ he said.
Nkwocha said the law empowered the commission to take anybody found engaging in piracy to court.
`The persons arrested, after thorough investigation, will be taken to court for trial, “ he said. (NAN)