NCC impounds illegal equipment used to steal DSTV signals

Regulation & Policy

view counterThe Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has impounded illegal broadcast and transmission devices valued at about NGN 3.5 million in Enugu, NAN reported. The seizure was made when the Anti-Transmission Piracy of the commission raided spots for the devices at Obiagu Road, Achara Layout and the Ogui area of the city.

NCC's Director of Enforcement, Augustine Amodu, said the raid followed complaints by Multichoice of illegal transmission of its signals to homes by some persons. He said that three "power houses'' belonging to the illegal operators were destroyed, while 34 decoders, a television set, nine satellite dishes, two generating sets and two inverters were recovered during the clampdown.

NCC disconnected illegal connection of Multichoice signals in over 2,000 houses in Enugu. The perpetrators bought decoders from Multichoice and transmitted it to neighbours through house-to-house wiring. They collected a fee ranging from NGN 2, 000 to NGN 3, 000 monthly, making Mutichoice run at a loss. Amodu said the raid would serve as deterrent to others who wanted to engage in the illegal business. He said that no arrest was made in the raid in Enugu, because the perpetrators ran away and that the exercise was not done simultaneously in the state.
Source: Telecompaper 22 March 2016