Customs intercepts 80, 882 pirated books

May 14, 2021
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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded two containers of 80,882 pirated textbooks and dictionaries worth N80 million.

Speaking during the inspection of the books at the Lagos Zonal Office, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Deputy Comptroller, Enforcement, Tincan Port, Mr B.N. Obiakulusi, emphasized NCS commitment in the fight against contraband goods, particularly pirated books brought into the country through the ports.

Both containers had N80 million worth of books, including books from Learn Africa Plc, Lantern books, Africana First Publishers Plc, Tonad Publishers Ltd and Oxford University Press. The event had representatives of the publishers, whose books were pirated, including members of the booksellers association of Nigeria.

Obiakulusi, who was at the inspection of the imported pirated books, said the Customs also intercepted two more containers of pirated books under investigation which it hopes to hand over to NCC anytime soon.

“Before now people carry all these books and. like the DG said, you can’t differentiate between the original and the pirated copy, but through our collaboration with NCC, we are able to intercept the pirated books.

“I assure you no pirated book will escape our watch. As we speak we have two more containers which will be handed over to NCC anytime soon. We are working earnestly to make sure we bring all these things to a stop. I commend NCC DG for his efforts at fighting piracy, and his staff for their aptness in searching for pirated books,” he said.

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