The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on November 17, 2014 arraigned one Tope Ajayi Samuel and his company, Sky TV Global Media Limited, before Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal High Court Kano on a 3-count charge bordering on conspiracy and Intellectual theft.
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The accused was arrested on August 23, 2013 at Link 26, Bawo Road, Hausawa Quarters, Kano, for allegedly retransmitting signals of the pay TV, DSTV, without authorization.
One of the charge reads, “That you, Tope Samuel Ajayi and Sky TV Global Media Limited on or about 23rd August, 2013 within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Kano Judicial Division illegally had in your possession Tlink, Stron , Dream, Lumin digital Satellite Receiver, Dlink Satellite Receivers, AZSKY dongles with routers and mini receiver, Monitors, inverters, Hp laptops, printer, SIM cards, DSTV cards, Canal cards which you use in accessing Multi Choice Nigeria Limited (MCN) signal and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 20 (1)(c) of the Copyright Act, Cap C28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him. Justice Fatu Riman granted him bail in the sum of N50 million and two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned to 12th December, 2015 for trial.
Source: Sahara reporterssahara reporters