A Mr. Ubong Obot has been arrested by the Nigerian Copyright Commission for illegally transmitting broadcast signals of Multichoice (DSTV) to an estimated 500 houses in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
The suspect was said to have installed the DSTV signals to different homes for N5,000 and charged N1,000 per month as subscription fee.
Speaking to journalists in Uyo on Monday, Uyo Liaison Officer, NCC, Mr. Amudipe Charles, who represented the Director-General, NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude, said Obot was arrested with the equipment he used to transmit the cable television signals illegally.
“The operatives of the NCC have raided Obot’s house over illegal transmission of cable television signals in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
“Illegal transmitting decoders, transmission boosters, rolls of installation wires, and other accessories worth N20m were impounded during the raid at two different locations. The locations are No. 89 Atan Road, 32 Umuahia Road, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
“Investigation into the case continues and appropriate action will be taken on conclusion of investigation,” Ezekude said.
He stated that Obot, who operated as Botex Integrated Service, was arrested based on intelligence and surveillance reports during an anti-piracy operation.