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Man re-arrested over illegal possession of copyright materials

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By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS — Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, yesterday, re-arrested at the Federal High Court, Lagos, one Anthony Onwujekwe, who is standing trial on a three -count charge of illegal production, possession and selling of copyright materials.

He was re-arrested, moment after he was granted bail by Justice Muhammed Idris.

The accused,   popularly called, King of Piracy, was picked up immediately he stepped out of the court by operatives of the NCC, who pounced on him and whisked him away.

Mr. Obi Ezeilo, counsel to NCC, who spoke to newsmen on the re-arrest, said it was not a violation of Onwujewe’s bail earlier granted by the court, explaining that the commission had received a fresh set of complaints against Onwujekwe, which necessitated the re- arrested.

According to him, Onwujekwe would be released if it was found out that the fresh allegations against him were not genuine.

It will be recalled that Justice Idris had earlier revoked Onyekwe’ bail and issued a bench warrant for his arrest, for allegedly not coming to court to face his trial  after being granted bail.

They, however, withdrew the bench warrant and reinstated his bail, after it was satisfied that he was in court.

Onwujekwe is in the charge, accused of producing,  possessing and selling about 100,000 infringing copies of musical works, sound recordings and cinematographic films in CD,.

The offences were alleged to contravene section 20 (1) (a), (2) of the Copyright Act, CAP C 28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. 2004.

The court has adjourned further hearing of the matter till March, 29, 2012.

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