The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned one Tope Ajayi Samuel and his company, Sky TV Global Media Limited, before Justice Fatu Riman of the Federal High Court Kano State on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and Intellectual theft.
The accused was arrested on 23 August, 2013 at Link 26, Bawo Road, Hausawa Quarters, Kano, for allegedly re-transmitting signals of the pay TV, DSTV, without authorisation.
One of the charge reads: “That you, Tope Samuel Ajayi and Sky TV Global Media Limited on or about 23 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 Riman granted him bail in the sum of N50 million and two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned to 12 December, 2014 for trial.