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NCC Raids Shops In Adamawa Over Piracy

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) raided some shops and confiscated 30 Laptop Computers for alleged theft of intellectual property in Yola.
NCC state Coordinator, Yola zonal office, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, disclosed this during an interview with The Tide source yesterday in Yola.
Ibrahim said that the raid followed complaints received from the Yola branch office of the Film Image Protection Association of Nigeria (FIPAN).
He said that the members of the association forwarded the complaints to the commission that intellectual properties belonging to Kannywood film industry were downloaded illegally in Yola and its environs.
“The properties include Musicals and Films from Kannywood which they complained were on sale to the public through the black market and neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic.
“When the commission received the petition, we swung into action with support from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
“During the operation, many shops were raided and laptop computers confiscated.
“ We invited 20 suspects to our commission. We are making preparation to expand our operations to other local government areas of the state,” he said.
He called on the general public to report any suspicious, illegal and theft of intellectual activity to the commission for immediate response and protection of intellectual rights.
“I am appealing to the creative and Intellectual Work owners to register with the commission for ownership protection rights”, he said.
The NCC says Nigeria losses three billion dollars (N918 trillion) annually to the activities of pirates.
The commission said that the expansion of high-speed internet around the world, the proliferation of portable devices and the rise of online streaming platforms had made tackling illegal exploitation of rights more difficult.It added that thousands of websites that illegally stream sporting and entertainment content in real time threaten the copyright in content.

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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