The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) on Saturday in Enugu seized illegal broadcast and transmission devices valued at about N3.5 million.
The seizure was made when the Anti-Transmission Piracy of the commission raided spots for the devices at Obiagu Road, Achara Layout and Ogui area of the city.
According to Augustine Amodu, NCC’s Director of Enforcement, the raid followed complaints they had received from Multichoice Company of illegal transmission of its signals to homes by some individuals.
Amodu said a total of 34 decoders, a television set, nine satellite dishes, two generating sets and two inverters were recovered during the clampdown, while three “power houses’’ belonging to the illegal operators were destroyed.
“NCC disconnected illegal connection of Multichoice Company 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 N2, 000 to N3, 000 monthly, making Mutichoice that owns the business to run at a loss.
“The commission came down to Enugu to help curb this ugly menace of illegality which is very unfortunate,” Mr. Amodu said.