The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has seized MultiChoice satellite TV equipment from unauthorised dealers in Nigeria’s Delta State.
The NCC has confiscated the equipment worth over N30m in the region in response to a petition presented in May.
According to the commission, the suspects were in unlawful possession of 97 decoders, 180,000 meters of coaxial cable and 850 boosters.
They were apprehended at Udumurhue Road, off PTI Road; Alegbor Road, Odion Road, off Dawodu; Odion Road extension, Okere Market Road, Welfare Road, off Lower Erejuwa; Odibo Street, off lower Erejuwa; Giwa-Amun Street and Roberts Road, off Okere.
In a statement, the NCC said it carried out the raid on June 22 when its national headquarters was informed by people in the area that offenders were “racking up Multichoice Nigeria decoders” and selling them to “unsuspecting customers” for N1,000 each.
It added that such criminal acts cost the country N20bn in revenue each year.