Members of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at the Apapa Seaport, Lagos, seized a 40 feet container, loaded with 612,000 copies of suspected pirated DVDs and 45,900 units of DVD jackets estimated at three hundred million Naira (N300 million)
According to a report by the Ports Monitoring Officer of NCC, Mr. Joe Ojika, made available by the commission at the weekend, the Customs services, upon a tip-off from officers of the commission, intercepted the container marked MRKU466990 on the verge of leaving the port on March 6, 2013.
The report indicated that a vehicle with Registration No. XU 814 BDG, freighter of the container was turned back at the exit gate of the port for anti piracy inspection at the Enforcement Department of the NCS. A joint inspection team made up of officers of the Nigeria Customs Service drawn from its various units and the NCC officers conducted inspection on the container on March 7, 2013.
The report further stated that the inspection revealed that the container contained 600 cartons with each carton containing 1,020 copies (612,000 copies in all) of cinematographic DVDs and 45,900 units of empty jackets. The estimated market value of the contents of the container is put at about N300 million and according to the report, investigation was ongoing.